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Bridgeport Birth Injury Lawyer

The joyous occasion of a child’s birth can quickly become a nightmare when a medical error results in a birth injury. These devastating incidents leave families reeling, facing the emotional and financial toll of ongoing medical care, the possibility of lifelong disabilities, and unimaginable emotional distress. The law gives you the right to seek compensation for such tragedies.

If your child has suffered a birth injury in Bridgeport, The Flood Law Firm is here to advocate for your rights and ensure you receive the justice you deserve. Contact our Bridgeport birth injury lawyer today for a thorough, obligation-free case evaluation. No family should bear the brunt of a birth injury alone. Let us get the justice and compensation your family deserves.

 

Why Choose The Flood Law Firm?

Christopher Flood, Brian Flood and Erica Pilicy-Ryan, Attorneys for Birth Injury in BridgeportThe Flood Law Firm is a premier personal injury law firm in Bridgeport. Its dynamic team of experienced trial lawyers handles birth injury cases, holding medical professionals and facilities accountable for their actions. Our record of success attests to our meticulous approach and unwavering dedication to our clients.

Our office is easily accessible to our local clientele. You can find it at 1087 Broad Street in Bridgeport, near the intersection with Cannon Street. Our mission is to provide comprehensive legal services while easing the burden of the legal process. You’re not just a case number at The Flood Law Firm. You’re part of our family as we work tirelessly to protect your rights and interests.

Understanding Birth Injuries

Birth injuries can take various forms, including cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries, and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. These conditions can result in minor and temporary harm or more severe and life-long disabilities. Stanford Medicine Children’s Health notes that infants with the highest likelihood of suffering birth injuries are large at birth, are premature, have an abnormal birthing presentation, or have other risk-inducing factors.

The many healthcare provider-related causes of birth injuries include:

  • Failure to diagnose and treat medical conditions of the mother or unborn child during pregnancy.
  • Failure to perform a timely cesarean section when the infant’s size, birthing presentation, or other factors indicate the need for one.
  • Failure to monitor the vital signs of the mother and infant during labor and after delivery.
  • Improper use of birthing instruments, such as vacuum extractors or forceps.

Regardless of the nature of the birth injury, The Flood Law Firm has the experience to navigate the medical malpractice claims process and fight for your rights.

Where Do Birth Injuries Occur in Bridgeport?

A simple search of HealthGrades reveals dozens of Obstetrics and Gynecology doctors who provide maternal and fetal health services in and near Bridgeport in various medical settings. Many other licensed care providers work in maternity wards or assist in private physician and midwife offices around the city.

Common locations for these incidents include hospitals, birthing centers, and homes. The Flood Law Firm is ready to investigate and pursue justice for victims of birth injuries wherever they occur.

Understanding Birth Injury Compensation

Best Law Firm 2023Childbirth can pose challenges for the baby and mother. Healthcare providers’ actions or inaction sometimes increase those risks. Birth injuries can occur in various medical settings where pregnant women and their children receive care before, during, and after birth.

Addressing birth injuries is costly. Newborns may require neonatal intensive care unit stays or surgical interventions. The financial burden of treating birth injuries can overwhelm new parents, often exhausting the health insurance coverage their employers sponsor or other resources. These complex and costly medical interventions underscore the importance of seeking legal recourse when birth injuries result from healthcare provider negligence.

Victims of birth injuries in Bridgeport have the legal right to seek compensation for their suffering. This compensation can cover medical expenses, future care needs, the child’s loss of earning potential due to severe and permanent disabilities, emotional distress, and more. Juries in Connecticut will occasionally award punitive damages in medical malpractice cases, though the law typically limits these damages to attorney fees and the cost of litigation.

The Flood Law Firm meticulously investigates each birth injury case we handle. Our extensive probe identifies all liable parties and uncovers the insurance resources of the party or parties whose negligence caused the injury. We have developed and proven our methods for exploring every avenue to pursue justice for your family.

Fighting the Insurance Company

The law requires medical providers offering services to pregnant women and their infants to uphold a standard of care, ensuring patient safety throughout the pregnancy, labor, and delivery process. This duty encompasses a range of responsibilities, including adhering to best practices, accurate interpretation of laboratory results, effective communication with patients, and various other measures for safeguarding maternal and neonatal well-being.

When healthcare providers fail to meet this standard of care and contribute to birth injuries, parents may need to take legal action against the insurance company to secure compensation for proper medical treatment and care for their child.

Medical Malpractice Insurance Requirements

In addition to owing a standard of care to their patients, Connecticut law requires those who provide direct medical care to patients to maintain a medical malpractice insurance policy of at least $500,000 per incident or an annual aggregate coverage of at least $1,500,000. Healthcare facilities often require additional coverage for doctors with privileges to provide services there.

A hospital or other medical facility will commonly carry a medical malpractice policy that covers the liability of their staff members, such as physician’s assistants, nurses, and certified nurse assistants. Doctors generally have a policy covering their liability and staff liability directly under their supervision.

As the National Association of Insurance Commissioners explains, medical malpractice insurance is a type of professional liability insurance that provides coverage of expenses and psychological consequences a patient suffers from a bodily injury that a provider’s negligence caused.

The Insurance Companies Look Out for Their Own Interests. Who Protects Yours?

Christopher Flood and Brian Flood Attorneys for Bridgeport Medical MalpracticeDealing with insurance companies following a birth injury can be a daunting task. These companies often prioritize their profits over your well-being, disputing claims or offering inadequate settlements to protect their bottom line. The Flood Law Firm has the experience to deal with these stonewalling tactics. We negotiate aggressively with insurance companies, ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve.

Other Services a Bridgeport Birth Injury Lawyer Can Provide

An experienced Bridgeport birth injury lawyer provides you with many services when handling your claim, including:

  • Conducting a thorough investigation to determine all sources of liability: A doctor and other staff members at the medical facility could share liability for your child’s injuries, meaning two or more insurance policies could compensate your claim. Birth injuries commonly result in life-long disabilities that require additional medical treatments and other accommodations, so having ample compensation is critical.
  • Determining the claim’s value according to the severity of the birth injury that the child incurred, the presence of permanent disabilities, and even the level of provider negligence that led to the injury.
  • Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the at-fault provider or facility within the state’s statute of limitations for such personal injury claims: Most Bridgeport birth injury claimants only have two years from the date of the injury to file by Connecticut law. Failing to file the lawsuit within this timeframe will almost always result in the claimant losing the right to seek compensation through a court. It can also free the at-fault insurance provider of the legal obligation to resolve the claim. An experienced medical malpractice attorney understands the timing of this claims process and the importance of meeting the legal requirements for filing the lawsuit.
  • Obtaining the required Reasonable Inquiry certification: To file the lawsuit in court, your attorney must confer with a qualified medical professional about the facts of your case. That professional must provide a statement of opinion that the claimant’s injuries are likely the result of medical negligence.
  • Participating in all pretrail and trial-related processes, including filing and responding to motions, attending hearings on your behalf, deposing witnesses, preparing evidence exhibits, selecting a jury, and arguing your case in court.
  • Ensuring you receive your compensation that either a settlement negotiation or court case has awarded you.

An experienced Bridgeport birth injury lawyer from The Flood Law Firm will provide their services with a convenient and affordable contingent fee billing method.

What Is a Contingent Fee Billing Method?

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The contingent fee billing method means that your legal team does not receive payment until they garner compensation for your claim. If you don’t secure compensation for the financial and psychological consequences of your child’s birth injury, you owe your attorney nothing.

If you do obtain compensation, you will pay for your legal team’s services according to a percentage of the overall award.

Here’s how it works:

  • To start, you attend a free case evaluation with a birth injury lawyer from The Flood Law Firm. During this consultation, you will discuss the details of your case, obtain answers to your legal questions, and learn more about your options for pursuing compensation.
  • After your free evaluation, you’ll sign a contingent fee agreement if you decide to hire our birth injury lawyer to handle your case. This agreement details the types of services we will provide and designates a percentage of the settlement or court award as payment for our services.
  • Without an upfront retainer, we will begin working immediately on your case. You will not receive bills for our services while your case is active.
  • When we resolve your case through a negotiated settlement or a court verdict, we receive the award on your behalf and place it in a trust. From that trust, we withdraw our contingent fee and settle medical liens from providers or insurers who offered treatment and are awaiting payment. We will then provide the rest of the compensation to you.

The injuries your child suffered due to a medical provider’s negligence can have life-long consequences. Obtaining the compensation you need to cover the expense of these consequences is extraordinarily difficult. Having an experienced medical malpractice lawyer handle the process is critical to receiving the compensation you deserve.

What to Do After a Birth Injury

If your child experiences a birth injury, carefully follow their doctor’s recommendations for the best physical recovery possible. Many parents find it helpful to document their child’s medical journey after a birth injury by journaling information about treatments, prognosis, and other consequences their birth injury has posed to the family.

Speak with an experienced Bridgeport birth injury lawyer from The Flood Law Firm as soon as possible to learn more about your eligibility to file a medical malpractice claim.

Contact The Flood Law Firm Today

Brian Flood, Attorney for Birth Injury Lawyer in Bridgeport

Brian Flood, Bridgeport Birth Injury Lawyer

If a birth injury harmed your child, The Flood Law Firm’s team offers our deepest sympathy. We invite you to explore your legal options in a free case evaluation with our Bridgeport personal injury lawyer. Every child deserves a fair start in life. Let us secure the justice and compensation your family deserves.

Contact The Flood Law Firm today through our online form or by calling our Bridgeport office at (475) 273-4100, and let’s take the first step together toward justice.


The Flood Law Firm – Bridgeport Office

1087 Broad Street,
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Ph: (475) 273-4100