We know the frustration and pain of worrying about whether a doctor injured your child. Our Orlando birth injury attorneys see cases all the time. An injured baby causes more than mental hardship. The financial costs of a birth injury can be ruinous.
That’s why we’ve dedicated our careers to helping families get compensation for their child’s birth injuries. We will hold your medical team accountable for what happened and get you the money you need to pay for your child’s care. Let the Birth Injury Lawyers Group find out if your child suffered from medical negligence.
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What to Do When You Suspect a Birth Injury
A birth injury can be very obvious, like if a baby gets tangled in their umbilical cord and doesn’t get enough oxygen (birth hypoxia). They can also be subtle and may not appear until your child misses developmental milestones.
If you suspect your child has suffered a hidden birth injury, the first step is to get a diagnosis from a competent doctor and ask them what might have caused the injury. If they think it might have happened prior to birth or while you were in the hospital during delivery and recovery, then reach out to a birth injury attorney.
An Orlando birth injury lawyer will explain your legal options and look over your evidence to see if you have a valid medical malpractice claim. Birth injury claims can be hard to win, but you could also receive substantial compensation.
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How Much Could I Get for My Child’s Birth Injury Claim?
The costs of caring for a child with a birth injury can be much higher than you expect. It’s not uncommon for cases to settle for six or seven figures. However, it’s impossible to know the exact amount you could get without knowing what happened to your baby.
There are also legal factors that can affect your claim like:
- How many policies can you make a claim against?
- Which non-economic damages apply to your case?
- Do you share some level of responsibility for your child’s injury?
Florida used to have caps on non-economic damages like pain and suffering, but the state Supreme Court struck down those caps in January 2022. There are now no limits for economic and non-economic damages, but you and your birth injury lawyer still have to prove how much you should get.
How Do I Maximize My Claim?
The major tasks of your birth injury lawyer are two-fold. First, they have to prove you have a case. Second, they have to get you a fair settlement. Getting the insurance companies to pay a fair amount isn’t easy, but your lawyer will advise you on maximizing your claim.
One important thing to do is to take your baby to a competent doctor for diagnosis and follow their advice. This will show insurers you are taking steps to care for your baby and improve their health, and it keeps them from saying someone else injured your baby.
Your lawyer may also ask for additional testing to get evidence of other injuries or to get some documents for your claim, but most of the work to maximize claims happens behind the scenes. You don’t have to interview expert witnesses and calculate all the costs of your baby’s injury and how your life has changed after it happened. That’s our job.
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What Can I Get Paid For Through My Claim?
Most birth injuries will have economic and non-economic damage claims. Economic damages are all the out-of-pocket costs and lost opportunities for income because of your child’s injury. The costs of medical care, transport, taking time off to care for your baby, and much more are in this category. Future costs for your child’s care are also part of it.
Non-economic damages are things like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. These do not have a dollar amount, but the law allows families to get compensation for them. We usually calculate these based on the amount of economic damages and could be worth far more.
Discovering which damages apply to your child’s injury claim and how much they are is a big part of your attorney’s job. The insurers will want to pay something far less. We put together a case that says what you’re truly owed and fight to get you the proper amount of compensation your child deserves.
When Should I File My Lawsuit?
Parents who think they might have a valid lawsuit should begin their cases as soon as possible. The first step is to get a diagnosis of an injury that happened at birth or before. Then, contact the Birth Injury Lawyers Group to get an experienced Orlando birth injury lawyer.
By starting early, your lawyer will have time to investigate if you have a valid malpractice claim and create a strong case before certain legal deadlines. The most important one is the statute of limitations. This is a deadline to start a lawsuit.
In Florida, this is two years after the discovery of the injury. This means you don’t have a lot of time to start your claim. Even if you don’t know the full extent of your child’s injuries, your lawyer can help you get a fair amount based on similar cases and with the help of medical and economic experts.
Contact an Orlando Birth Injury Attorney Now
Your baby needs medical care to help them cope with their birth injury, but paying for that care may be impossible. Find out if it could be possible by speaking with the Birth Injury Lawyers Group. If malpractice may have caused your child’s injury, we can help you get compensation for it.
To find out how we can help you, contact us for a free case evaluation and consultation. We will connect you with a lawyer in Orlando with experience in birth injury cases. Our lawyers work on contingency, meaning you owe them nothing unless you win compensation. There’s no risk of finding out if you might have a case, so call today and get answers.