What types of birth injuries generally result in legal action?
The most common types of birth injuries that result in legal action are:
- Brain injuries
- Shoulder dystocia/Erb’s palsy
- Cerebral palsy
Injuries like these are devastating to the life of the injured child and the child’s family. The attorneys at The Cochran Firm DC focus on catastrophic and serious injuries, with the goal of pursuing compensation for your family, and sometimes reform within the medical industry.
How can I determine if I have grounds to file suit?
The first step in establishing any medical malpractice claim is to contact our experienced attorneys. Working with a national network of medical experts, we will investigate every detail of your labor and delivery. If we find that the birth injury was caused by someone’s careless actions, we may be able to pursue compensation for a birth injury claim.
What damages can I seek in a birth injury lawsuit?
Depending on the details of your case, our attorneys may fight for both actual and punitive damages in your lawsuit. These damages may include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Current and future lost wages
- Any necessary home modifications
- Physical pain your child may suffer
- Emotional distress your child and family may suffer
We fight aggressively for your family, working toward maximum compensation for your child’s catastrophic injury.
Will my attorney’s fees need to be paid upfront?
At The Cochran Firm DC, our fees are contingent. We do not charge you unless we recover compensation for you and your family. With our combined years of experience and our access to the expertise of the entire Cochran Firm legal team, we have reached settlements and won verdicts compensating many families suffering from medical negligence.
Is there a statute of limitations on filing a birth injury lawsuit?
Depending on the details of your claim, you may have two or three years to file a claim. If the injury resulted in fatality, you may only have a year to file a wrongful death claim. Our experienced attorneys can determine if your claim falls within the statute of limitations.
Because some birth injuries may not be immediately recognizable, you are afforded extra time when symptoms did not appear for several months. However, it is vital that you begin the process as soon as you notice signs of birth injury. The medical community has powerful attorneys working to protect the interests of the hospital employees while discrediting your claim.
If you have questions about filing a birth injury lawsuit in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Northern Virginia, please contact the experienced injury attorneys at The Cochran Firm DC to schedule a free initial consultation today.