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Serious, long-term disabilities can sometimes be the result of a severe birth injury. Permanent brain damage, disability or disfigurement are all possible outcomes that may have been preventable, if not for the negligence of the medical staff involved in the pregnancy, labor or delivery.

The Lansing birth injury lawyers at Jay Trucks and Associates are prepared to pursue compensation for birth injury victims and their families. Our firm has recovered millions in compensation on behalf of our clients.

Give us a call today for a free review of your birth injury claim. You will not be obligated to hire us to represent your claim and you will not be charged for any lawyer fees unless we win fair compensation for your claim. There are no upfront costs and your claim information will be completely confidential.

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What Qualifies as a Birth Injury?

Birth injuries are physical, mental or neurological damages sustained during childbirth. Skull fractures, broken bones and paralysis are just a few examples of some of the more severe physical injuries that could occur during the birthing process. Sometimes severe brain or spinal cord damage can lead to serious mental or neurological damage, which could cause lifelong disabilities.

Birth injuries are not the same as genetic or birth defects. Genetic and birth defects occur while the baby is still in the mother’s womb, however, birth injuries are preventable and are often caused by a negligent medical professional while the mother is delivering the baby.

Common Causes for Birth Injuries

One of the most common causes for severe birth injuries is a loss of oxygen to the brain. There are multiple ways a child could be deprived of oxygen during the labor process, such as becoming tangled in the umbilical cord or experiencing too much pressure coming through the birth canal. Preeclampsia is a common complication that causes high blood pressure in the mother, which can cause the child to be deprived of oxygen and could result in serious brain damage.

A loss of oxygen for just a few minutes could cause cerebral palsy, a lifelong medical condition that creates physical, mental and cognitive challenges.

Another way a birth injury can occur is if the medical professional delivering the baby does not use caution when using birthing tools like forceps or vacuums, or if he or she uses too much force while pulling the baby out of the birth canal.

Negligence Known to Cause Birth Injuries

There are several different ways medical negligence can cause a severe birth injury, such as:

  • Lack of proper prenatal care
  • Failing to diagnose or treat preexisting conditions
  • Prescribing medication that could harm the child or mother
  • Incorrectly pulling or placing stress on a child during the birthing process
  • Incorrect use of medical instruments when delivering a child
  • Failing to perform a C-section when necessary
  • Failing to monitor the child or mother for signs of distress
  • Unreasonable delays in the labor and delivery process

If you believe your child suffered from one of the above forms of negligence or some other action or inaction on the part of the medical staff, you might be eligible for compensation. Our Lansing legal staff is available to take your call anytime of the day, 24-7.

Call Jay Trucks and Associates at (800) 762-8623 today to schedule your free case review.

Compensation Available for Birth Injuries

Your lawyer can help calculate the costs of your future needs by consulting with your physician or other healthcare professionals.

Some of the expenses you may be able to recover are:

  • Follow-up medical appointments
  • Medical testing
  • Medications
  • Surgeries
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Psychological therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Transportation costs to and from doctors’ appointments
  • At-home medical care
  • Institutional care
  • Lost wages from missing work while caring for your child
  • Assistive medical devices (hearing aids, prosthetic devices, etc.)
  • Medical equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, etc.)
  • Home modifications needed to assist with your child’s needs

Besides the above-mentioned economic expenses, you may also be eligible for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, disfigurement and disability. Michigan law states that cases filed in 2020 have a non-economic damage cap of $495,700, however, this cap could be increased if the birth injury causes permanent organ damage, impairment or disability.

Time Limits for Filing a Birth Injury Claim

The Michigan statute of limitations is only two years for medical malpractice claims, which includes birth injury claims. This means you must file your claim within two years of discovering the birth injury or your claim may get barred from the court.

However, if you did not discover the birth injury right when it happened, you must file within two years of the injury occurring or six months, whichever date is later. Generally, you cannot file a birth injury claim more than six years after the injury occurred.

It is important that you do not miss the due date for your birth injury claim as this may result in losing your right to receive compensation. Ask our lawyers when your claim is due in a free consultation.

Jay Trucks and Associates: (800) 762-8623.

Long-Term Birth Injuries

Some birth injuries can affect victims for the rest of their lives, such as:

Who Could Be Held Liable for a Birth Injury?

There are several other medical professionals besides the doctor who could be held liable for your child’s birth injury:

  • Other physicians
  • Nurses
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurses assistants
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Hospital staff
  • Hospitals
  • Outsourced workers paid by the hospital

If you have a valid claim, the attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates are prepared to fully investigate the details of your case and build a case as we work to hold all negligent parties liable for your damages. We are prepared to seek maximum compensation for your damages.

Get in Contact with a Lansing Birth Injury Attorney to Learn More

The Lansing birth injury attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates are prepared to help you through the recovery process. Our focus is to get compensation to help provide the care your child needs, such as physical therapy, medical equipment, appointments with doctors and other medical interventions.

We charge zero upfront fees and your free consultation is completely confidential. We do not bill for our services unless we recover fair compensation for your birth injury claim. You do not have to hire us to represent your claim, even after your free consultation, so there is no risk involved.

Call us anytime, 24-7 at Ph: (800) 762-8623 or fill out a free online form and someone will contact you shortly after.

During labor and delivery, a doctor’s negligence can cause a child to suffer birth injuries with serious lifelong complications, from brain damage to permanent disability. Extensive medical care can often be financially devastating to families.

I am very happy with how my case was handled. Jay Trucks & Associates were very helpful…
– TC

If your child was injured at birth in Grand Rapids or elsewhere in Michigan, you may be eligible to recover compensation for damages suffered. A Grand Rapids birth injury lawyer from our firm is prepared to help. Jay Trucks & Associates has represented many injury victims across Kent County for more than 30 years and recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Your initial consultation is always free. There is no risk in calling our legal team and no obligation to pursue legal action. If we represent you, there are no upfront fees, and we only collect if you obtain a recovery.

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Birth Injury Claim for Compensation

A birth injury claim provides parents with a legal path to pursue compensation on behalf of a child who has suffered harm during or shortly after birth. To make this claim, you must be able to prove that your child’s birth injury was caused by negligence. Medical malpractice can be difficult to establish. However, with the help of an experienced lawyer, you may have a better chance at obtaining fair compensation for the care your child’s needs.

Our Grand Rapids birth injury lawyers need to review the circumstances surrounding your child’s injury and any complications that may have occurred during the pregnancy, labor or delivery. The consultation is 100 percent free and confidential. We are prepared to discuss your legal options and answer any questions you have about the claims process.

Free Consultation. No upfront fees. Ph: (800) 762-8623.

What is the Value of My Birth Injury Case?

Birth injuries often require follow-up care, which can be costly. It is important that you keep track of all the expenses related to the birth injury so that we are able to calculate current and projected costs for future care. You may be eligible to obtain compensation to help cover treatment for your child’s entire life, such as:

  • Therapy your child may need
  • In-home medical care
  • Institutional care
  • Medications
  • Assistive devices (prosthetic devices, hearing aids, etc.)
  • Adaptive equipment (crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, etc.)
  • Medical testing
  • Corrective surgeries
  • Travel to and from doctors’ appointments

You may even be able to recover non-economic damages, such as for any disability and/or disfigurement your child has endured as well as the pain and suffering you and your child has experienced due to the birth injury.

For cases involving medical malpractice in Michigan, there is a cap or limit to the amount of non-economic damages that may be recovered. Cases filed in 2020 are capped at $495,700 and increase annually because of inflation. This cap can increase if an injury results in permanent disability, impairment or organ damage.

Taking Legal Action After a Birth Injury

Michigan’s statute of limitations for medical malpractice, including birth injuries, is generally two years from the day the injury took place to take legal action.

If the two-year deadline passes before the injury was discovered or should have reasonably been discovered, you have only six months from the date of discovery to file a legal claim. Overall, all claims must be filed no later than six years from the date the malpractice occurred.

Failure to file before the applicable deadline will likely result in a court dismissal of your claim.

Call a Grand Rapids birth injury attorney today for legal advice. (800) 762-8623.

How is a Birth Injury Identified?

A birth injury is an injury that occurs during childbirth. Some of these injuries are physical, such as broken bones, skull fractures or paralysis of the arm or face while other injuries can be mental or neurological, such as nerve damage that can cause irreversible harm to the brain or spinal cord.

Unlike birth or genetic defects, which develop while the child is still in the mother’s womb, birth injuries are often preventable and the direct result of negligence or substandard care by a medical professional.

What Causes Birth Injuries?

Birth injuries are generally caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. Several factors can lead to a child being deprived of oxygen during birth.

For instance, there could be complications in the womb, during delivery or due to an untreated maternal infection. Preeclampsia, a dangerous pregnancy complication caused by high blood pressure for the mother, can result in the child not receiving enough oxygen and suffering brain damage.

If a doctor or other medical professional delivering the child uses too much force, either when pulling or using birthing tools like vacuums and forceps, that can also cause trauma and damage.

When Negligence Causes a Birth Injury

Instances that can lead to a birth injury due to medical negligence include, but are not limited to:

If you believe negligence caused your child to suffer a birth injury, our Grand Rapids birth injury attorneys are standing by to take your call.

Birth Injuries With Lifelong Complications

It only takes a few minutes for a child to suffer a birth injury that can change his or her life forever. This is why doctors and other medical professionals have a duty to provide proper medical care through a mother’s pregnancy and during the labor and delivery process.

Common birth injuries with serious lifelong complications include:

Speak With a Grand Rapids Birth Injury Attorney

If your child was injured at birth by a negligent doctor, we encourage you to schedule a free initial consultation with a Grand Rapids birth injury attorney as soon as possible. We understand how difficult this situation can be as a parent, and we are prepared to help you pursue maximum compensation for your child’s care.

Our legal team at Trucks & Associates have decades of legal experience representing injury victims in the Grand Rapids area and across Michigan state. We have recovered more than $500 million in compensation for our clients. Our consultations are completely free and there are no upfront fees unless we help you win.

Contact our office today by calling (800) 762-8623.

Birth injuries can happen in a matter of minutes, causing serious, life-altering damage that often could have been prevented. If your child suffered a birth injury due to a physician’s negligence, you may be eligible to recover compensation for certain damages, such as medical bills for your child’s care.

At Jay Trucks and Associates, we have been advocating for injured victims in Flint and other cities throughout Michigan for decades. Our successful track record includes hundreds of millions in compensation recovered on their behalf. Our Flint birth injury attorneys understand that your family may be dealing with a lot of emotional trauma and mounting medical bills in addition to the physical suffering your child has endured.

We offer a free and confidential consultation to determine how we may be able to help you obtain compensation for the costs associated with your child’s care. Although you are not obligated to pursue a legal claim, if you decide to retain our services, there are no upfront fees or other costs unless we first win a recovery for you. Jay Trucks, the firm’s founder, is an active member of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.

Call our office today to get started: (800) 762-8623

Can I File for Damages After a Birth Injury?

Establishing liability for a birth injury is challenging and victims may benefit greatly from the experience of a qualified attorney. However, before we can determine your eligibility for a claim, we need to understand more about what happened during your child’s delivery, as well as throughout your pregnancy and labor.

There are many negligent acts we consider that may have contributed to, or caused, your child’s injury, including:

  • Inappropriately prolonging initiation of a Cesarean section
  • Failing to diagnose or treat gestational diabetes
  • Not providing proper treatment if you had an infection while pregnant
  • Medication errors during your labor or delivery
  • Neglecting to diagnose preeclampsia
  • Lack of proper prenatal care
  • Failing to properly monitor the baby for signs of distress
  • Neglecting to properly prepare when there were signs of increased risk for a difficult delivery
  • Careless or improper use of forceps, vacuum extractors or other delivery tools

We welcome the opportunity to review your situation and determine whether you may have a valid case. We encourage you to contact our Flint birth injury attorneys as soon as possible to set up your free legal consultation.

Complete our online Case Evaluation form or call today: (800) 762-8623

What is the Value of My Birth Injury Case?

If your child was injured during delivery, you are likely already aware of the extensive costs for managing his or her care. The value of a case depends on the severity of your child’s injuries and his or her unique needs, so we cannot provide an accurate value without understanding more of the specifics of your situation. However, if your case has merit, these are some of the types of compensation you could be able to seek:

Economic Damages:

  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy bills
  • Corrective surgery
  • All related doctor’s appointments
  • Assistive mobility equipment, such as a wheelchair, walkers or splints
  • Speech therapy
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Home renovations or modifications to better accommodate your child’s needs
  • Costs for special schools
  • Psychological counseling
  • Loss of income if you missed work to care for your child

Noneconomic Damages:

Noneconomic damages refer to intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, disfigurement and disability. In Michigan, state law caps non-economic damages  for injuries caused by medical malpractice. These limits automatically increase each year according to inflation rates, and the state-enforced caps could also be higher if your child suffered one of these more severe injuries:

How Long Do I Have to File A Birth Injury Claim in Michigan?

In most cases, the deadline for filing a medical malpractice claim for a birth injury in Michigan is two years from the date of the injury. There are exceptions to that time frame, such as if the injury is not discovered until months or years later. In that scenario, you have six months from the date the injury was discovered to file your claim.

It is important to speak with an attorney to find out what statute of limitations applies in your situation. If you miss your deadline, you may lose any right to pursue compensation.

Call Jay Trucks today to avoid missing your deadline: (800) 762-8623.

Defining a Birth Injury

A birth injury is sometimes confused with a birth defect. However, they are not the same thing. A birth defect happens while the infant is in the womb and still developing, and it is not due to negligence. A birth injury, however, occurs during the labor or delivery of a child. Injuries may be minor to severe or temporary to permanent, but they are often the result of a doctor’s negligence and could include:

  • Injuries to the spinal cord
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Broken collarbone
  • Damaged nerves of the neck or shoulder

Increased Risk Factors for Birth Injuries

It is a doctor’s responsibility to properly monitor both the mother and unborn child to determine whether there are any signs that could indicate the increased probability for a difficult birth.

Common risk factors for a birth injury include:

  • An unusually prolonged or difficult labor
  • Premature deliveries, such as infants born before 37 weeks
  • Infants moving to a feet-first position prior to delivery as opposed to being in a safer, head-first position
  • Unborn babies with larger heads born to mothers with a small pelvis
  • Improper use of delivery tools to help extract the baby
  • Excessive or forceful manipulation of the baby during delivery

If a doctor does not properly monitor or prepare for potential difficulties according to acceptable standards, and these actions or inactions cause an injury, you may have grounds for a legal claim.

Our Flint birth injury attorneys are ready to help. Call today: (800) 762-8623

Who May Be Liable for a Birth Injury?

There are multiple medical professionals who could be held liable for acts of negligence that cause a birth injury, including:

  • Physicians
  • Nursing staff
  • Hospital staff
  • Hospitals
  • Physician assistants
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Other contract workers paid by the hospital

At Jay Trucks and Associates, we are dedicated to fully investigating the circumstances that led to your child’s birth injury, gathering supportive evidence and determining all liable parties.

Contact our firm 24/7 by online chat or by phone: (800) 762-8623

Common Medical Conditions Caused by Birth Injuries

Some birth injuries can be minor, such as a broken collarbone, and may heal quickly. However, others are life-altering and result in the need for lifelong care for the injured child, such as:

Contact a Flint Birth Injury Attorney to Learn More

The devastation of dealing with a birth injury that could have been prevented is unimaginable. Speaking with a knowledgeable attorney may be an important step, as he or she can determine if you could be able to recover compensation for some of the damages you have suffered. While no amount of money can reverse the harm already done, it can help to relieve the financial burden caused by mounting medical expenses.

At Jay Trucks and Associates, our attorneys’ combined experience advocating for injured victims in Michigan spans 150 years. During that time, our reputable attorneys have a proven track record of recovering compensation for victims and their families throughout the state, including Flint. If you have a birth injury claim, we are prepared to aggressively pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.

Jay Truck and Associates: (800) 762-8623.

If your child is suffering the consequences of a birth injury caused by a doctor’s negligence, contacting an experienced attorney can be an important step to take.

The licensed attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates are here to review your situation in a free consultation to determine if you may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses and other damages. We have more than 150 years of combined experience recovering more than $500 million on behalf of our clients. Our founder Jay Trucks is a member of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.

Our Clare birth injury attorneys understand how difficult it can be to deal with a birth injury, from the financial challenges to the physical challenges children with birth injuries may face each day.

Your consultation is not only free, but confidential, and there is no obligation for you to take legal action if you have a valid case. Our attorneys do not receive payment unless our clients are compensated.

Call today with your legal questions. We are here to help. (800) 762-8623

Can I File a Claim After a Birth Injury?

Proving an injury resulted from medical malpractice can be very complicated. Our Clare birth injury lawyers need to learn more about your child’s injury and the problems during the pregnancy, labor or delivery.

For example, we need to try to determine if doctors failed to monitor the baby for signs of distress or take appropriate action when they knew or should have known about a problem. We also need to connect the doctor’s action or lack of action directly to your child’s injury. We must prove the injury would have been avoided if not for the doctor’s malpractice.

If you believe you have a case, or are unsure one way or the other, you should strongly consider meeting with our experienced attorneys. The consultation with our lawyers is a free and you do not have to hire our firm if we determine you may have a case. There is no risk to you.

We are here to answer your questions. (800) 762-8623

What Might a Birth Injury Case Be Worth?

Birth injuries can be very expensive to treat and manage. Fortunately, you may be able to obtain compensation for medical and treatment expenses over the course of your child’s life.

If your child suffered a brain injury and now has cerebral palsy, you may be able to recover compensation for physical, speech and occupational therapy, along with mobility aids (walkers, crutches, etc.) and the cost of doctor’s appointments.

If your child needs psychological counseling, surgery, prescription medication, or other forms of medical treatment, the cost may be covered by your jury verdict or settlement award.

Non-economic damages may also be available, including pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement.

Unfortunately, Michigan has a cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. For cases filed in 2020 the cap is $495,700, but it increases each year due to inflation.

However, there is a higher cap when the victim suffers one of the following injuries:

The cap on damages for these injuries is $842,500 for claims filed in 2020.

What is Michigan’s Deadline for Filing a Birth Injury Claim?

Generally, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a medical malpractice claim in Michigan. However, if those two years pass before you discover the injury, you have six months from the date you discover the injury to file a claim. That said, all claims must be filed within six years of the date of malpractice.

If you do not file a claim before the deadline passes, you may lose the right to do so.

Call Jay Truck and Associates today for a free consultation to discuss the deadline for your claim. (800) 762-8623.

Defining a Birth Injury

Birth injuries are not the same as birth defects. Birth defects happen while the baby is in the womb and they cannot be caused by the doctor’s action or inaction.

However, birth injuries happen during labor or delivery of the child. They are often caused by the doctor’s negligence. Examples of these injuries may include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Lack of oxygen
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Broken collarbone
  • Nerve damage in the neck or shoulder
  • Damage to facial nerves
  • Swelling of the scalp
  • Breathing difficulties

How Quickly Can a Birth Injury Happen?

It can take a matter of minutes for your child to suffer a birth injury that could affect him or her for the rest of his or her life. For instance, if a doctor waits just a little too long to decide to do a C-section, it may already be too late.

That is why doctors are legally required to provide care that meets accepted standards in the medical community that are designed to keep patients safe.

Factors That Increase the Chances of a Birth Injury

Doctors need to diagnose and be aware of a variety of factors that may increase the likelihood of a difficult birth and potential birth injury, such as the size of the infant. (Babies weighing more than eight pounds and 13 ounces could be considered large.)

Other risk factors for birth injuries may include:

  • Prolonged or difficult labor
  • Premature birth, particularly babies born before 37 weeks
  • Infant being positioned feet first instead of head-first
  • The mother’s pelvis being smaller than the baby’s head
  • Excessive pulling during the delivery
  • Use of forceps or vacuum extractors to help pull the baby out of the birth canal

When doctors do not diagnose these issues, prepare for them and take appropriate action to protect the health and safety of the baby, there may be grounds for a birth injury claim.

Contact our firm today to set up a free consultation with a Clare birth injury attorney. (800) 762-8623

How Medical Negligence Can Cause Birth Injuries

There are many examples of medical negligence that could lead to birth injuries, such as:

If you think negligence was the cause of your child’s injuries, you should consider talking to a licensed attorney about your options.

Medical Conditions That May Be Caused by Injuries During Birth

There are many birth injuries that may heal within a matter of days or weeks, such as a broken collarbone. However, other birth injuries may have a lifetime of consequences for children and their families. These may include:

Contact a Clare Birth Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation

During this difficult time, it is important to talk to a qualified attorney about possible legal options. Managing a birth injury can take a tremendous toll, physically, emotionally and financially, and taking legal action may allow you to recover compensation for these damages.

The trusted attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates have more than 150 years of combined experience representing Michigan injury victims, from Clare to Saginaw, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Cadillac, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and the cities in between.

Our firm can be reached anytime, 24/7. Contact us to schedule you free, no-obligation legal consultation and learn more about how we may be able to help you. If you hire us, there are no upfront fees and no fees period unless you are compensated.

Our office is located at 600 Pine Street, just a block away from MidMichigan Medical Center – Clare.

Jay Truck and Associates: (800) 762-8623.

If your child suffered a birth injury due to the negligence of a medical professional, you may have grounds to pursue compensation for the resulting damages, such as medical costs, surgical interventions and other related costs. At Jay Trucks and Associates, we understand that in addition to the devastating physical and emotional trauma, there is the added financial burden as you try to provide the necessary care for your child.

I would recommend Todd Trucks of Jay Trucks & Associates for legal needs… They are professional and persistent. I appreciate all their efforts.
– C.Seibert

We have recovered over $500 million for injured victims in Traverse City and across Michigan, and we are prepared to fight to help you recover the compensation you need. Our initial consultation is completely free and confidential. There is no risk to you and no obligation to move forward. If we represent you, there are no upfront costs. We only get paid if we recover compensation on your child’s behalf.

Learn more about how we may be able to help today by contacting our firm for a free consultation.

Jay Trucks & Associates – Ph: (800) 762-8623.

Who Can Pursue Damages After a Birth Injury?

Seeking legal help from an experienced lawyer is a key step in recovering damages for your child. It can be difficult to prove liability in these cases, and there are many negligent acts by a medical professional that could lead to a birth injury, such as:

  • Failing to diagnose preeclampsia or an ectopic pregnancy
  • Failing to diagnose or treat an infection during pregnancy
  • Missing a diagnosis and subsequently failing to treat gestational diabetes
  • Taking inadequate steps to monitor a mother and infant for distress
  • Failing to provide proper prenatal care
  • Improperly using birth delivery tools, such as a vacuum extractor
  • Allowing a dangerously long labor before taking steps to perform a C-section
  • Inadequately administering medication during labor or delivery

Our Traverse City birth injury lawyers are prepared to review the circumstances that led to your child’s injury in a free legal consultation. If we determine your child’s injury may be due to medical negligence, we are also prepared to help you pursue compensation for your damages.

Complete our Free Case Evaluation form to get a callback from our firm.

How Much is My Birth Injury Case Worth?

There are many different kinds of birth injuries, and the severity of your child’s injury and resulting medical complications will directly affect the overall value of your claim. To better assist you with obtaining an accurate value for your potential claim, we encourage you to consult with our legal team.

Generally speaking, birth injury victims may be eligible to pursue these types of compensation:

Economic Damages

This type of compensation refers to monetary losses and are easier to calculate, such as:

  • Corrective surgery that may be required
  • Diagnostic and other medical testing
  • Lost wages if you had to miss work to care for your child
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Psychological counseling and special schools
  • Any related doctor’s appointments, including the expense of traveling to those appointments
  • The cost of home modifications that may be required to assist with your child’s needs

Non-Economic Damages

This type of compensation refers to non-monetary loss and is less tangible, such as pain and suffering. This is why you need an attorney who has extensive experience accurately calculating the total value of your damages to help you obtain maximum compensation on your child’s behalf.

It is important to note that Michigan has caps on non-economic damages for any injuries that are the result of medical malpractice. However, the limits enforced by these caps adjust each year to accommodate for current inflation rates.

These cap limits are increased when a child suffers a catastrophic injury, such as spinal cord or brain injuries, injuries that cause permanent cognitive damage or permanent and irreparable damage to your child’s reproductive organs.

Is There a Deadline For Filing a Birth Injury Claim?

Michigan has a deadline, known as the statute of limitations, for a birth injury claim that is two years from the day the injury occurred. If the injury is not immediately discovered, then that deadline is six months from the date that it was discovered. There are exceptions to filing deadlines that may cause you to have to file significantly sooner. Our Traverse City birth injury lawyers are available to help determine what deadline may apply in your situation.

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How is a Birth Injury Defined?

Birth injuries typically happen during labor and delivery, not to be confused with a birth defect, which occurs while a child is developing in the womb. Types of birth-related injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken collarbone
  • Breathing issues
  • Damage to the facial nerve
  • Insufficient oxygen
  • Nerve damage to the neck or shoulders
  • Bleeding in the brain

Risks For Birth Injuries Due to Medical Negligence

Medical professionals that do not take reasonable steps or follow current acceptable standards of care in monitoring a mother and her child could increase the chances for a birth injury. High risk factors for a birth injury include:

Birth Injuries That May Lead To Lifelong Medical Complications

Many birth injuries are minor and may heal completely, such as facial bruises or a fractured collarbone. However, more serious, life-altering injuries can happen in a matter of seconds if a physician or other medical professional is negligent in his or her duties.

Serious birth injuries that may lead to lifelong medical complications include:

Call a Traverse City Birth Injury Lawyer For Legal Help

The birth of a child should be a happy time, but if someone else’s negligence causes a birth injury, your child’s life could be changed in a moment. Birth injuries often result in a lifetime of suffering, significant financial expenses and medical complications for the victims and their families. While nothing can change what happened, it can be helpful to recover compensation for damages.

Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience helping injured victims in Grand Traverse County and throughout Michigan. We have recovered millions on behalf of our clients, and we are prepared to help you pursue maximum compensation. Our initial consultation is free, and if we represent you there are no upfront costs to pay. We only get paid if we achieve a successful recovery on your behalf.

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