Giving birth can be a wonderful and rewarding experience. Whether it’s a natural birth or a cesarean, after nine months of waiting and planning, you finally get to meet your newborn child. However, it does not always go as planned. Even with everything lined up, from the hospital to the emergency birthing bag, birth injuries still may occur, and more often than you think.
You have chosen your specific hospital to receive a certain standard of care, and when you or your child are negatively impacted by a deviation of that, you are owed damages. At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, we know the severity of birth injuries cannot be overstated. Lost wages, hospital bills, and years of physical therapy can all result from medical malpractice. Our team of birth injury lawyers are here to handle all aspects of your case so you can focus on long-term recovery. To schedule a free consultation today, please use our contact form or give us a call at (617) 391-9001.
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A birth injury occurs when either the mom or child is injured during the birthing process. This is not to be confused with a birth defect, which is an injury sustained in the womb. Birth injuries are surprisingly common. Common examples of birth injuries include:
Some birth injuries are non preventable, while others are a side effect of your doctor or nurse’s negligence. Many physical injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, are sustained by the improper use of forceps. Sometimes the injury is internal, and can take months, or even years to properly identify. Other times, the injury is immediately noticeable through bruising.
Children are not the only possible victims of a birth injury. The mother or child-bearer may also be injured due to the healthcare provider’s negligence. This can, of course, in turn affect the child as well.
If you or your child have been the victim of medical malpractice during traumatic birth, you are owed damages. With a personal injury lawyer on your side, you are more likely to receive the compensation you deserve. Hiring a birth injury lawyer can help relieve some of the stress of navigating a claim and other important legal aspects, like the statute of limitations. While you rest and focus on recovery, our birth injury lawyers can work on the following:
Our team is here to fight on your behalf, for both you and your child. We know insurance companies are not on your side and will actively try and have you settle for less than you deserve. The birth injury attorneys at Sweeney Merrigan birth injury Lawyers have proven success with medical malpractice claims and are equipped to handle your case with efficiency and sensitivity.
After professionally assessing your claim and injuries, our team will calculate the amount of past, present, and future compensation you deserve. This is considering all lost wages due to inability to work, hospital bills, physical therapy, pain, diminished quality of life, emotional stress, medications, and loss of companionship.
However, it is important to remain aware that Massachusetts, like most states, has a damages cap for non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are also known as the “not specific damages”, and include intangible items, like loss of happiness or emotional stress. In Framingham, the current cap is $500,000. There is currently no cap on economic damages, though. This includes your “specific damages”, or measurable items, such as hospital bills, lost wages, or any other medical fees.
Your life can change in just the few seconds it takes for your healthcare provider to commit an act of negligence. If you are currently suffering, Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers is here to help. Our attorneys have a combined experience of over 100 years helping clients with their medical malpractice claims. Our medical malpractice team includes a number of renowned birth injury lawyers, one of which being Victoria M. Santoro Mair, announced 2023 Best Lawyers “Ones To Watch” in Medical Malpractice Law.
We are committed to fighting for you and willing to take your case to court, if need be. To receive a free legal consultation today, give us a call at (617) 391-9001. you may also fill out our contact form.
Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP is a highly successful personal injury law firm serving Massachusetts since 2011.
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