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Bringing a new life into the world is a joyous occasion filled with hope, excitement, and love. For Emily and Jack, the birth of their first child was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives. They spent months preparing for the arrival of their baby, reading books, attending parenting classes, and decorating the nursery.
They dreamed of everything they would do as a family and the milestones they would celebrate. However, their joy quickly became a nightmare when their baby was born with a birth injury.
Bringing a new life into the world is a momentous occasion for any family, filled with excitement and anticipation. But when the unexpected happens, and a newborn suffers a birth injury, the experience can be emotionally and financially devastating.
If this has happened to you, hiring an experienced birth injury lawyer with a proven track record of success is critical. But, with so many lawyers to choose from, finding the right one for your case can be challenging. In this blog, an experienced and skilled military birth injury lawyer from The Doctor Lawyer Team goes over some of the common questions you should ask before hiring an attorney.
At The Doctor Lawyer Team, we combine legal and medical expertise to help you obtain maximum compensation for your child’s birth injury. Call us at (833) DLT-WINS or (833) 358-9467 to schedule your FREE case evaluation. We also represent military servicemen and servicewomen nationally.
Before we get into the details of hiring a birth injury lawyer, let's first define what a birth injury is. A birth injury is any injury sustained by a baby during birth. Birth injuries can be caused by various factors, including the natural forces of labor and delivery, medical malpractice, negligence, or the use of forceps during delivery. Regrettably, it is frequently due to the negligence of medical providers.
These injuries can range from minor to life-threatening. Here are some examples of birth injuries that may occur:
Birth injuries can have significant physical, emotional, and financial impacts on families. If you believe your child has suffered a birth injury due to medical negligence, seek legal help from a military birth injury lawyer. They can help you understand your legal rights and options for seeking compensation for your child's injury.
Next, here are some common questions to ask before hiring a military birth injury lawyer.
The first question you should ask a military birth injury lawyer is whether you have a case. Not every birth injury is the result of medical malpractice or negligence, but many are. Your lawyer will need to evaluate the facts of your case to determine whether you have a valid claim. Our team includes a medical doctor, which makes our evaluation much quicker and more accurate than others.
Hiring a military birth injury lawyer with Federal Tort Claims Act experience is essential. Look for a lawyer who has handled cases similar to yours. Ask about their experience with the Federal Tort Claims Act’s unique administrative and legal process.
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Ask the lawyer how they plan to handle your case. Here are some questions you can ask them:
Knowing what to expect can help you avoid surprises down the road.
The cost of hiring a military birth injury lawyer can be significant. Before hiring a lawyer, make sure you understand how they charge. Birth injury medical malpractice lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee means the lawyer only gets paid if and when there is a settlement or judgment in your case. Under the Federal Tort Claims Act the fees are statutorily set at 20% if the case is settled during the administrative phase, or 25% if the case is resolved after a lawsuit is initiated.
Birth injury cases can take a long time to resolve. Ask your lawyer how long they think your case will take. An experienced lawyer should be able to give you a rough estimate.
Effective communication is essential when working with a lawyer. Ask the lawyer how they prefer to communicate – by phone, email, or in person. Knowing their communication style can help you work more effectively together.
While many birth injury malpractice cases are settled out of court, some may go to trial. Ask the lawyer if they have experience in the courtroom and how they plan to handle your case if it goes to trial.
Make sure you have a way to contact the lawyer if you have questions or concerns. Ask for their phone number and email address, and make sure they're responsive to your inquiries. Because we believe strongly in open lines of communication, at our firm we provide our personal cell phone numbers to most clients.
The statute of limitations is the time limit for filing a birth injury claim. Ask the lawyer what the statute of limitations is for your case and how it may differ under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Failing to file your claim within the statute of limitations can prevent you from recovering damages.
Ask the lawyer what damages you may be able to recover in your case. Damages may include:
Many birth injury lawyers offer free consultations to potential clients. This is an opportunity for you to meet with the lawyer, discuss your case, and ask questions before deciding whether to hire them. Ask the lawyer if they offer a free consultation, and take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about your case and options.
Hiring a military birth injury lawyer can be daunting, but asking the right questions can help you find the right lawyer for your case and increase your chances of recovering compensation for your baby's birth injury.
A: The statute of limitations for military birth injury lawsuits is governed by the Federal Tort Claims Act and is generally two years from the date of the injury.
A: A birth injury lawsuit can be filed against a midwife or nurse practitioner if they are found to have acted negligently while acting within the scope of their duties at a military hospital.
A: During a birth injury lawsuit, both parties will present evidence and arguments to the court. The court will then decide whether the defendant is liable for the plaintiff's injuries and what damages, if any, should be awarded. Under the Federal Tort Claims Act there is no jury, and instead the factual and legal issues are decided by a federal district court judge.
A: A birth injury lawsuit can be settled without going to court through negotiation or mediation. This negotiation is initially with the Department of Defense and then if a lawsuit is filed it continues with the Department of Justice.
If your child has suffered a birth injury, seek legal help immediately. A military birth injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options for seeking compensation for your child's injury. Don't wait to take action – the statute of limitations for birth injury lawsuits is generally two years from the date of the injury.
Remember, your child deserves justice and the best possible care, and a birth injury lawyer can help you fight for both. The Doctor Lawyer Team is here to help. Reach out to us today to schedule your FREE case evaluation.
At The Doctor Lawyer Team, we are a veteran-owned personal injury law firm with over 40 years of trial experience and a proven track record of success. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and will fight for you to ensure you receive fair, just, and reasonable compensation for your child’s birth injuries.
Attorney Paul McConnell is a former Marine Corps infantry officer, federal prosecutor, and trial judge. Dr. Michael Giordano is a board-certified neurosurgeon and an attorney with an active background in reviewing personal injury and medical malpractice cases for over 18 years.
This gives you a unique advantage because The Doctor Lawyer Team combines legal and medical expertise to help you obtain compensation for your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other issues you may face because of your child’s birth injury. We also work on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid from the proceeds if you win your case.
Contact The Doctor Lawyer Team today to schedule your FREE case evaluation by calling our military personal injury lawyers at (833) DLT-WINS or (833) 358-9467 to learn more about your legal rights and best options for recovery. We have offices in: Hartford, New Haven, Groton, Bridgeport, New Canaan, and Greenwich. If more convenient, you can also complete our online form here. We also represent military servicemen/women nationally.
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