Parents go through a difficult and shocking experience when their child is born with a birth injury. It can feel even more devastating if the injury was the result of a medical professional’s mistake, one that could have been prevented if the professional was doing his or her job properly. The law provides for ways to help children and parents who were harmed by medical errors. At the Philadelphia law firm of Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer, we are passionately dedicated to seeking justice when medical negligence causes birth injuries.
In Philadelphia, medical professionals have a legal obligation to do their work in a way that measures up to certain specified standards of care. If their actions fall below that standard, then they can be found to be negligent. If their negligence causes harm to a patient, then the medical professional could be liable for medical malpractice.
When medical professionals or institutions, such as hospitals, are negligent, then they can be sued and may have to pay damages. These damages may include payments to help compensate patients and their families for current and future medical bills, as well as other expenses that are necessary because of the birth injury, such as the cost of rehabilitation, therapy, attendants, and special equipment, both for now and for the future. Compensation may also include payments for pain and suffering and for future lost income.
To prove that a medical professional is negligent, you must have testimony from medical experts. Hiring an experienced and dedicated birth injury attorney is the best way to ensure that you will be able to get the right experts working on your behalf to present the strongest case possible.
In Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania, you can generally file a lawsuit for birth injuries at any time before the child who was injured turns 20 years old. Even if the injured child is now a teenager, it is not too late to seek compensation. However, in other states, you may have much less time to file a lawsuit for birth injuries, so you should always consult an experienced birth injury attorney in your state to find out exactly what the law is that applies to you.
Philadelphia birth injury lawyers will investigate what went wrong during the birth and hire experts to determine if the medical personnel involved failed to meet the applicable standards of care. This area of law is highly technical and complex. It’s important that you choose a birth injury lawyer who has an advanced level of knowledge and experience with cases that are similar to yours.
Birth injuries can affect any part of a child’s body or nervous system. These are some of the more common birth injuries:
Some birth injuries are apparent right after the child is born. Other times, you may not know there was a birth injury until later, sometimes even years later.
Birth injuries may unfortunately cause lifelong problems, which can include physical disabilities, psychological problems, cognitive impairments, and learning difficulties. People who were injured at birth may require special care and medical attention throughout their lives.
Mistakes made by any medical personnel during labor and delivery may cause birth injuries. Doctors, nurses, midwives, anesthesiologists, and other medical personnel involved in the birth may cause harm by failing to provide proper care. Hospitals and birthing centers can also be negligent. In addition, if the equipment used during labor and delivery was dangerously defective, the equipment manufacturer may also be liable for damages.
Birth injuries are not always caused by negligence, but when they are, the affected children and their parents may be eligible for compensation to help them deal with the present and long-term consequences of the injuries.
The experienced Philadelphia birth injury lawyers at Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer bring experience, dedication, and a passion for justice to every case that we undertake. We are well-known for our commitment to our clients. Our firm has been a respected leader in the Philadelphia legal community for more than half a century, and our excellence has been recognized by our top ratings at SuperLawyers, U.S. News and World Report, and Martindale-Hubbell.
We have the experience and knowledge to find and work with the best medical experts, to obtain all the documents needed to persuasively prove your case, and to negotiate with the high-powered lawyers hired by doctors and hospitals. We are experienced trial lawyers and aggressively pursue your best interests whether we are negotiating a settlement or arguing your case before a jury.
Each birth injury lawyer Philadelphia parents rely on understands the problems that families face when they have a birth-injured child. We take our responsibilities to our clients seriously because we know just how much is at stake. We are relentless in pursuing justice and fair compensation because we know what a difference that can make in helping ensure that birth-injured children are able to get the help they may need for the rest of their lives.
We would be glad to talk to you, find out more about your child, and discuss how we may be able to help you get the justice you deserve. Contact us at any time to make an appointment to meet in our convenient Philadelphia office on Walnut Street.
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