Birth injury can present a difficult and upsetting time for anyone. Find out how you can make medical negligence claims if your child has been a victim.
The arrival of your new ‘bundle of joy’ should be an exciting time for you and your family. Unfortunately, learning that your child has sustained a birth injury can leave you feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about his/her future. While this is a difficult and even devastating time for you, it is important that you seek the help of a birth injury lawyer as early as possible.
The thought of pursuing medical negligence claims may be the least thing in your mind during this particularly tough time, but with the help of medical negligence solicitors, you can gain relief from, at least, the financial burden, so you can focus on taking care of your child.
Who is a Birth Injury Lawyer?
For instance, if your child’s injury was as a result of obstetric errors, birth injury obstetric claims solicitors can help you understand your rights. They will also build your medical negligence claim to hold the healthcare provider accountable and seek financial settlement that will care for the child’s ongoing nee
A birth injury lawyer or solicitor is a professional who has the license to practice law and represent claimants in birth injury matters. They are medical negligence solicitors who will assess your individual case and recommend the best possible steps forward.
Birth injury claims are basically a branch of medical negligence. They involve allegations that medical professionals breached the expected standard of care, leading to birth injury.
Why Should I Choose a Specialist Birth Injury Claims Lawyer?
Birth injury lawsuits are more complex than most personal injury cases. As a result, it is not a field for just any medical negligence solicitor.
One of the most common mistakes potential claimants make when choosing a birth injury lawyer is hiring a general attorney, rather than one who specializes in the type of case. Birth injury litigation presents unique layers of challenges for lawyers. While most general practice lawyers will advertise birth injury services, it is important that you work with a specialist who can handle all aspects of its complexities and enhance your chances of success.
How Much Experience Does the Lawyer Have with My Child’s Birth Injury?
Birth injury lawyers will generally accept cases involving children who have suffered serious birth injuries like erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, etc. In choosing a good birth injury lawyer, however, it is important to ask how much experience the lawyer has with the specific injury your child sustained.
For instance, if your child has erb’s palsy due to a doctor’s medical negligence and you want to make birth defect negligence claims, you should look for a solicitor with experience in handling similar cases.
Does the Lawyer Work Closely with Medical Professionals?
Although birth injury lawyers should be well versed and extensively knowledgeable in the area of neonatal care, obstetrics, etc., a lawyer is not a medical expert. Medical professionals, especially those who specialized in obstetrics, have the ability to identify more subtle types of medical negligence. By working with medical experts like gynaecologists, obstetricians and specialists in neonatal care, lawyers or medical negligence solicitors can understand complex medical information.
What Other Qualifications Does the Lawyer Have?
You may want to look up the solicitor’s CV. Medical negligence solicitors who have specific education or certifications in a birth injury related field may be better suited to handle your case. Look up the solicitor’s certifications, engagements (e.g. memberships and at conferences), and achievements related to birth injury claims. The more knowledge and experience a solicitor has, the more invaluable they will be to your cause.
What is the Lawyer’s Record of Verdicts and Settlements?
A good birth injury solicitor should be able to secure maximum compensation for clients to take care of any expenses incurred from raising a child with birth injury.
These costs may include:
- Lifelong medical care
- Loss of earnings (if one or both parents quit work to care for the child)
- Lifestyle support and personal care
- Assistive equipment
- Home and vehicle modifications
- Any ongoing needs of the child throughout his or her life
While past records do not guarantee success in future, they demonstrate the solicitor’s level of knowledge and experience in cases similar to yours. Ask potential solicitors about their experience with previous cases? What verdicts and settlements have they secured on behalf of their clients? Do their cases usually go to trial or are they settled out of court?
How Will My Birth Injury Claim be Funded?
The majority of birth injury claims taken on by Medical Negligence Direct are funded on a No Win No Fee basis, otherwise known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. This means that you will not have to pay any upfront fees and there will be no financial risk to you even if your case is unsuccessful.
In birth injury cases where your child has suffered a neurological injury – at birth or within the early neonatal period – public legal aid funding may be available.
Does the Lawyer’s Personality Seem Like a Perfect Fit?
Ensure you sign up with a solicitor you are comfortable with. Keep in mind that it is their job to provide answers to any questions you might have, and walk you through the entire legal process. A patient, friendly solicitor with good communication skills will be best fit in this case.
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Why Choose Medical Negligence Direct?
Birth injuries are one of the most devastating personal injuries for any parent, as it leaves long-term consequences for the child and may even require lifelong psychological attention. Medical Negligence Direct works with a panel of thoroughly experienced birth injury solicitors who help families navigate the difficult process of recovering from birth injuries. We understand how this may have impacted your life and the complexities involved in making claims – and will help you go through these challenges in a stress-free manner.
Feel Free to Ask Questions!
We know how important it is for potential claimants to find medical negligence solicitors they can trust and feel confident in. While we have done our best to describe our services – based on our knowledge and experience – on our website, our friendly solicitors will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have when you call us. These include questions about our solicitors, the legal process, time limits, and just about anything related to clinical negligence.
If you choose to work with us, we want you to make a fully informed decision from the get-go.