If you’re in the Indian River County area and your child suffered an injury at birth that you believe was caused by medical error, Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers is here for you. A Vero Beach birth injury lawyer can help you seek damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. The first step is a free case review with a member of our legal team. We’ll go over the facts, answer your questions, and explain the legal process.
No Fees Upfront for Your Vero Beach Birth Injury Attorney
The financial and emotional stress that a birth injury may cause can be overwhelming for any parent to face. We don’t want you to do it alone. Our law firm serving Vero Beach, Florida aims to relieve some of the stress you feel by providing access to legal care that can facilitate the process of seeking compensation.
Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis. In other words, we only charge you for our services if we settle or win your case. There are no legal fees upfront, so your birth injury lawyer can set to work immediately with no financial obstacles.
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Our Founding Partners Are Your Vero Beach Birth Injury Lawyers
Because we believe in providing quality service and personal attention to each client, your case is handled directly by our founding partners Attorney Jason Chalik and Attorney Debi Chalik. They take your Vero Beach birth injury case very seriously.
There are no hard-to-reach associate attorneys only checking in on your case every few months. Your attorneys actively stay on top of your case and keep the lines of communication open, so you know exactly how things are moving forward.
How We Handle Your Personal Injury Case
Put your case in our hands and let us focus on getting you the money you need. All we want from you is to focus on taking care of yourself and your family.
Our responsibilities in handling your case include:
Communication– We speak to insurance companies, the defendant, medical experts, and other relevant and necessary parties in your case on your behalf. Whether by email, phone, in person, or teleconference, we have communication covered.
Investigation– Your Vero Beach birth injury attorney will head up an investigation into the cause of your child’s injury. We’ll search for evidence of medical negligence, speak to witnesses, gather your medical records, and obtain the opinion of relevant medical experts to validate your claim.
Determine Liability – The investigation should yield enough information to determine who is financially responsible for paying the damages in your Florida birth injury case. This could be the negligent medical professional who harmed your baby, the medical facility, or another legal entity.
Case Valuation– We’ll look at your medical bills, wage or income loss, the severity of injuries, the birth injury effect on your mental/emotional well-being, and related bills or receipts for necessary expenses to determine the amount of compensation you are entitled to.
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Compensable Losses in a Vero Beach Birth Injury Claim
Florida law allows you to recover compensation for these losses in a medical malpractice claim if the injuries were the result of preventable medical error. You may be entitled to collect damages for both economic and non-economic losses associated with the medical error, including:
- Current and ongoing medical treatment
- Child physical, occupational, or behavioral therapy
- At-home nurse
- Mental health counseling
- Lost income due to missing work
- Household services
- Transportation and travel expenses
- Mobility aids, assistive technology, and medical equipment
- Special education
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Decreased quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of activities
This is not an exhaustive list. Your damages may include any of those listed above or others not mentioned. A Vero Beach birth trauma lawyer will provide more specific and in-depth information about the injuries and losses you can claim in your unique case.
In addition to the list provided there is also Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a), which places a time limit of four years to seek justice and compensation. If a birth injury caused a wrongful death, then it is two years per Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d). This time starts running out as soon as the injury has been discovered or should have been discovered. A lawyer will be able to determine whether your claim has an exception to these time constraints.
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A Birth Injury Lawyer Can Handle the Complex Elements of a Medical Malpractice Case
Medical Malpractice is when a healthcare practitioner provides care that does not meet accepted medical standards, and by act or omission, injures the patient. Medical negligence cases are complicated due to not only the types and amount of evidence you need to prove them but also the legal requirements that are involved. These matters are often better handled by an attorney who has experience in the area.
Proving Medical Malpractice Took Place
The lawyers at our law firm serving Vero Beach will take on your case and work to establish that medical malpractice was the cause of your baby’s birth injury. That includes:
- Showing that a doctor-patient relationship existed.
- Obtaining the testimony of a qualified medical expert in the same field as the defendant in your case, per Florida Statutes § 766.102. The medical expert should attest to the fact that the treatment you received was not acceptable under the circumstances.
- Connecting your baby’s injuries to the doctor’s medical errors as the primary cause.
- Demonstrating that you and your child suffered losses and expenses due to the injuries.
- Additional Factors in a Medical Malpractice Claim
It will also be important to establish that the circumstances of your treatment were such that the health care providers had all pertinent information from you to provide proper care. If you withheld information that was relevant to your care, the doctor may not be negligent.
Similarly, we’ll need to demonstrate that your baby’s injuries were not a normal, unavoidable, or necessary result of the medical care provided. For example, it’s not uncommon for a large baby to get stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone in a vaginal birth and suffer shoulder dystocia. However, if it can be established that additional risks were such that the baby should have been removed by C-section but the doctor failed to perform one, negligence may be at play.
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Your Child’s Birth Injury May Have Been Caused by One of These Actions
Some causes of birth injury include:
- Improperly extracting the baby either from the birth canal or C-section
- Improper manipulation during delivery, such as the use of fundal pressure to push the baby out
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of mother or baby
- Failure to adequately monitor mother or baby during labor, delivery, or post-delivery
- Errors in prescribing or administering medication or anesthesia
- Waiting too long to act or implement necessary treatment protocols
Let Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers Handle Your Vero Beach Birth Injury Case
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers have seen to thousands of cases and recovered compensation for families like yours. Check out our results pages to see how we’ve been able to help. If your child suffered preventable trauma at birth, the medical professional who caused it must be held to account. A Vero Beach birth injury lawyer at our firm is equipped to do the job. Call us today for your free case review.
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