Spine Over-Stretching

Birth Injury Lawyers Assisting Children and Families in Baltimore

Complications during delivery can be extremely stressful for everyone involved. At these times, mothers and families trust their physicians to follow proper standards of medical care. Unfortunately, every year a number of infants are hurt when their spinal cords are damaged during difficult deliveries. If you suspect that medical negligence harmed your child in the Baltimore area, you should speak to an experienced birth injuryattorney. At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt, we will work hard to seek the justice and compensation you deserve in your malpractice case.

Holding a Negligent Health Care Provider Accountable for Spine Over-Stretching

If a baby is wedged in the birth canal during delivery, it is imperative for the physician to take extreme care to avoid using excessive force. In some cases, too much force can cause long-lasting and even permanent damage to the child’s spinal cord through over-stretching or tearing. Spinal cord injuries sustained by an infant can have serious consequences for his or her growth and development. Treatment of such harm may include costly physical or occupational therapy, and even surgery.

Parents raising a child with spinal cord injuries sustained during delivery should not have to deal with the cost alone. Families in this situation can seek compensation from the at-fault health care provider by filing a medical malpractice claim. This is a type of negligence action that is based on an act or omission by a doctor or other medical professional that deviated from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and caused injury to a patient. The standard of care is usually established through expert testimony, but it can be broadly described as what a medical professional of similar training and experience in the same community would have done in a similar situation.

When medical malpractice is established, any defendant that is found negligent may be required to financially compensate the injured person. Like many other states, Maryland has a cap on non-economic damages that are available to a victim who prevails on a medical malpractice claim. A cap refers to a limit on the amount of compensation the injured person can recover. Maryland caps non-economic damages at $725,000. These forms of compensation encompass items like pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, and more. However, there is no limit on the amount of economic damages that a victim can seek. Economic damages that may be available to people affected by malpractice include medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost earning capacity, and any other costs related to the injury.

Under Maryland law, medical malpractice claims must be filed within five years of the date when the harm occurred, or within three years from the date when it was discovered, whichever is earlier. Failure to take action within the applicable statute of limitations could mean losing your right to be heard by a court altogether.

Seek Legal Guidance in Prince George’s County for a Medical Malpractice Claim

At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt, our knowledgeable medical malpractice attorneys have represented people in Prince George’s County and other areas of Maryland in virtually all types of birth injury claims. With over 100 years of collective experience, we understand what it takes to assert your right to compensation. Unfortunately, medical errors are more common than many people imagine, but you likely have options to pursue if you are a victim of malpractice. For more information, contact us online or call us at (410) 567-0800 for a free, no-obligation consultation about your case.

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