One of the most devastating experiences that could possibly occur for new parents is a preventable birth injury. Unfortunately, these accidents happen far too often. It’s estimated that 28,000 infants a year suffer a birth injury, which equates to 2,333 every month, 76 every day, and three every hour. You should obviously hire a legal representative to help you pursue compensation and damages in the event of a birth injury, but before you even call a lawyer, there are some steps you should take to prepare your case.
Record your recollections of the entire hospital visit or birth experience as soon as you are able. Include as much detailed information as you can; everything from conversations with nursing staff to treatments provided could prove relevant in your case.
Keep medical records.
Start making a physical file of all medical bills, documents, diagnoses, and documents, as well as any email correspondence you may have with the hospital staff or insurance representatives. Organizing these records will help make it easier to recall and share information with your legal representative.
Account for present and future medical needs.
Nothing is more important than making sure that your child gets the necessary immediate medical care to help ensure their safety and well-being. But birth injuries can lead to long-lasting conditions and consequences that may require expensive lifelong care. Be sure to ask your physician about the potential costs of future treatment as well as current care.
Be careful when talking with insurance companies or hospital staff.
Even though you may have no experience dealing with a child’s birth injury before, hospitals are well equipped with a team of legal representatives who know how to handle these cases swiftly. Do not discuss your case with any hospital or insurance lawyers before you have been given appropriate legal counsel of your own.
Birth injuries can produce a whirlwind of emotional trauma for parents as well as their children. The more information you can provide your attorney with the circumstances of the incident, the better they’ll be able to help you make the most out of your case. Get the compensation you need and deserve so that you can provide a better life for your child for a lifetime to come.