When you go to a medical practice to deliver a child, or work with a medical professional during your pregnancy to ensure that your baby has the proper care, you have every right to expect that the professionals that you are working with are acting according to their standard of professional care. Essentially, a standard of care is the expectation for a medical professional to act in the best interests of their patient, without negligence or recklessness.
If you have worked with a medical professional or establishment and believe that they have acted negligently and caused injury to either you or your child, contact us now to speak with an experienced legal professional about the possible options available for you. Read more below to get a better understanding of how we can help you after a medical issue stemming from negligence either during or after your pregnancy, and contact us now to speak directly with an experienced professional about your case in greater detail.
Are you a victim of medical malpractice that affected your pregnancy or childbirth?
There are a variety of different ways that a medical professional can fail to uphold their standard of care during pregnancy or during childbirth, and each can have a significant impact on your life, as well as the life of your child. The following are just a few examples of issues that can result from negligence that may qualify for a medical malpractice lawsuit:
- Injury to the mother during pregnancy or childbirth
- Injury to the child during pregnancy or birth
- Failure to recognize or disclose birth defects that would have led to the parent terminating the pregnancy
- Failure to avoid or end a pregnancy due to medical negligence
Of course, there are many different ways that each of the previous situations can occur, meaning that your situation is unique and requires an experienced attorney to help you sort out the details and identify the best way forward. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we will be able to examine your case, explore the details and the consequences of the medical negligence, and help you understand your rights and how we can help you seek financial compensation for the damages that you and your child have suffered.
Determining What a Medical Negligence Case is Worth
Just like each medical negligence or malpractice injury is unique, so is the method used to determine how much the victim is entitled to in a lawsuit or settlement agreement. That said, there are some standard factors that an attorney will take into account in order to build the basis of the case that fall under two distinct categories.
Economic damages are the damages a victim suffers that have clear dollar values associated with them. These include things like medical costs, any associated recovery costs, as well as any long-term treatment necessary following the injuries. In addition to the medical-related issues, economic damages also seek compensation for income-related damages such as lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and short- or long-term disability when necessary. They additionally cover any paid time off (PTO) or sick leave that a victim had to use in order to cover time away from work.
Non-economic damages are a bit more complicated than economic damages, simply because they do not have agreed-upon dollar values associated with them. They include things like the actual pain and suffering that a victim must endure after an accident or an injury, as well as any associated depression, loss of enjoyment, or decreased quality of life. An experienced medical malpractice attorney in Orange County will employ a variety of methods in order to determine the amount of these damages that the victim deserves.