Birth Injury Attorneys
If you or your newborn baby has suffered from a birth injury in Connecticut, our law offices can assist with your claim. Put our decades of legal experience to work for you. Our birth injury lawyers will advance all fees and expenses including hiring experts to strengthen your case. Once the birth injury case is concluded, we will be reimbursed for the costs out of the recovery. If no recovery is attained, you do not owe anything for the costs and expenses, which we will absorb. All birth injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay us until we recover money for you.
1. What Is A Birth Injury and How Does it Occur?
- Excessive force used in the delivery of the baby including the use of forceps
- A delay in the performance of a necessary C-section
- Failing to timely recognize that the baby is in distress
- Depriving the baby of oxygen during the delivery
- Failure to order specific tests during pregnancy and/or not properly interpreting tests
- Trauma to the head during labor and delivery
2. What Problems Are Associated With Birth Injury?
The types and degrees of birth injuries are so varied the problems associated with these injuries can be quite different. The problems associated with birth injuries could include:
- Mental and physical developmental problems having lifetime implications
- Brain damage
- Respiratory issues
- Cerebral Palsy, which is a brain disorder that can cause problems affecting a person’s ability to control muscles–walk, use one’s arms and legs–and may result in seizures and decreased mental abilities.
- Erb’s Palsy, which is an injury resulting in the compression of a person’s brachial plexus nerves that control various arm functions. Often times a person who has Erb’s palsy can develop arm length retardation as they grow.
3. If My Child Suffered A Birth Injury What Should I Do?
It is extremely important that you contact us as soon as possible regarding birth injury. It is critical not to do anything that might have a negative affect upon your birth injury case, such as signing any documents without legal review. We might advise you not to give any statements or sign any authorizations, so it is important to speak with is before you do something that could eventually effect your child injury case or even completely bar it. There are also potential “timely notice” requirements that, if missed, could result in the dismissal of your case.
4. How is Liability Determined?
The critical issue in many personal injury and child injury cases is just how a “reasonable person” would be expected to act in the situation that caused the injury. A person is negligent when he or she fails to act like a “reasonable person”. Whether a given physician has met the “reasonableness standard” is often a matter that is decided by a jury after the presentation of evidence and argument trial. Therefore, it is vital to contact us so that investigation may begin.
5. What Compensation Might I Receive If My Case is Successful?
Usually, a doctor, hospital or other health care provider who is liable for an injury–which usually falls to his or her liability insurance company–must pay an injured person for:
- Past and future medical care and related expenses
- Past and future income lost because of the incident
- Permanent physical disability or disfigurement
- Loss of family, social, and educational experiences
- Emotional damages, such as stress, embarrassment, depression, or strains on family relationships
- Punitive Damages (In Extraordinary Cases)
- Damaged Property
You will be awarded “damages,” or money intended to restore you to the position you were in before your birth injury and compensate you for those injuries that cannot be undone. This money is not considered income (excluding monies paid for loss of income) and is not taxable by the federal government or state.
6. How Do I Go About Getting Experts To Help Me With My Birth Injury Case?
Our child injury lawyers will be able to hire a team of experts that can assist in the development of your case, which depending on your case, can range from a private investigator, to doctors, to economists.
7. Who Will Pay The Expenses of Hiring All Of These Experts?
Our Connecticut legal firm will advance all costs and expenses of your case as they are incurred. Once the case is concluded, we would be reimbursed for our costs out of the recovery. If there is no recovery, you will owe nothing for the costs and expenses, which will be absorbed by us. Additionally, you only pay us once you receive a settlement or award.
Our birth injury attorneys have offices located in or near Bloomfield, Bridgeport, Danbury, East Haven, Georgetown, Hamden, New Fairfield, Newtown, Waterbury, Ridgefield, & Stamford, Connecticut. Please, click here for directions and more information.