Connecticut Birth Injury Attorney
Understanding Birth Injury Claims
For parents, there is no more joyous occasion than the birth of a child. Unfortunately, the tragedy of an injury or impairment caused by physical trauma during the birth process can see that joy suddenly replaced with fear, sadness, or uncertainty. Parents raising a child who has suffered an injury or deformity during birth or delivery carry that burden for their entire lives.
If you believe your child was harmed due to substandard medical care, you could have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. At Carter Mario Law Firm, our Connecticut birth injury lawyers know you likely have a lot of questions; we are here to provide answers. Our compassionate, knowledgeable team is available 24/7 to take your call, help you understand your rights, and guide you through the legal process. Get in touch with us today to request a free, confidential consultation.
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Common Birth Injuries
Errors made during prenatal care, labor, or delivery can often carry catastrophic results for both parents and children. Birth injuries caused by negligence can occur during natural birth, a breech delivery, or a cesarean section (C-section) and can lead to fetal distress, placental abruption, shoulder dystocia, or even stroke.
Common types of birth injuries include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Intracranial hemorrhage
- Spinal cord trauma
- Traumatic brain injury
- Vacuum/forceps injuries
- Maternal injury
Healthcare providers are responsible for properly monitoring the mother’s condition, as well as the condition of the baby. Failure to do so can have devastating consequences, as can improperly reacting to various situations that put the mother or unborn child at risk. If you believe your child’s injuries or condition could have—and should have—been prevented, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Connecticut birth injury lawyers to learn how we can help you fight for justice.
Who Is at Fault for a Birth Injury?
Parents inherently trust the routine tests, monitoring, and examinations medical professionals provide and place their confidence regarding the health and safety of an infant newborn in their doctor. While most doctors do provide adequate care, mistakes can be made. Many birth injuries are preventable but, unfortunately, doctors and other medical professionals may not always readily admit to the mistakes they have made during the delivery process.
When it comes to determining who is at fault—and, therefore, legally liable—for a birth injury, we must be able to prove that the healthcare provider failed to uphold the standard of acceptable medical care. This means that the doctor, nurse, or other medical professional failed to take action or took actions that another qualified provider would have/would not have taken.
This might look like:
- Failing to diagnose maternal conditions, such as preeclampsia or maternal diabetes
- Failing to treat maternal conditions and/or infections
- Failing to properly monitor the baby for signs of fetal distress
- Failing to order a timely cesarean section
- Misusing assistive birth devices, such as vacuum extractors or forceps
- Utilizing unsafe delivery techniques
- Making surgical mistakes during a C-section
These are just some examples of substandard care that could cause serious birth injuries. If you believe your child was harmed due to a medical provider’s negligent or improper care, reach out to Carter Mario Law Firm to learn more about your rights.
Damages in Birth Injury Claims
Birth injury claims often involve significant damages. The cost of treating a child’s injuries and providing ongoing care, in some cases for the remainder of the child’s life, can be exorbitant. Both the child and the parents are likely to experience considerable pain and suffering, and parents may even need to take time off work or alter their work to care for their child.
While the exact damages you may be able to recover will depend on the specifics of your situation, our team typically helps birth injury clients seek compensation for:
- All expenses related to medical treatment and care
- In-home and professional caregiver costs
- Future projected medical expenses
- Lost income/wages, including future lost earnings
- Lost quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Necessary medications and medical equipment
- Emotional distress and trauma
Unlike in other states, there are no caps on economic or non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases in Connecticut. Our birth injury attorneys are committed to helping you recover the maximum compensation you are owed, as well as securing the justice your family deserves.
Why Choose Our Firm?
At Carter Mario Law Firm, we have decades of combined legal experience and have successfully negotiated numerous favorable settlements in complex birth injury cases. We understand what it takes to secure our clients maximum compensation for the losses they have suffered—and we strive to do so in a timely manner. However, when a fair settlement cannot be reached, we are fully prepared to take your case to trial.
We understand state and federal laws and can create a results-driven strategy crafted specifically around the details of your case. We often work alongside medical professionals, expert witnesses, economists, and other specialists who help us build a comprehensive picture of your losses, including your future losses. We use this to effectively advocate for the full recovery you are owed.
Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation
When your child suffers any type of serious injury during birth or delivery, you need an experienced, powerful legal team on your side. At Carter Mario Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting your rights. We understand what you are going through, as well as the challenges you face. Our goal is to not only help you navigate these challenges and fight for a better future for your child but also to ensure that your experience with our firm is as pleasant as possible.
We strive for the highest level of customer service. Our compassionate team will take the time to truly get to know you and your story. We have staff who can serve clients in English, Spanish, French Creole, Greek, Portuguese, Farsi, Russian, Dutch, and German, and can utilize translation services to assist you in any language. We are always available to assist you with around-the-clock availability. We will do everything we can to make sure you feel at home while providing the confidence you need to know your case is in good hands.