Can I Sue a Doctor For a Birth Injury in New York?

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Can I Sue a Doctor For a Birth Injury in New York?

Birth injuries can be devastating to a family, which is why if your child has sustained one, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation. Please read on and reach out to our experienced New York City personal injury attorneys to learn more about how our firm can help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What birth injuries are most common?

The two most common birth injuries include cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy. Cerebral palsy is usually a result of insufficient oxygen to the brain during childbirth. Very often, cerebral palsy occurs due to a doctor’s negligence. Erb’s palsy, on the other hand, is usually the result of unnecessary twisting or pulling during childbirth. Unfortunately, both of these conditions can cause serious injuries and disabilities that may affect a child for the rest of his or her life.

Do I need an attorney to sue a doctor?

In short, the answer is yes. Medical malpractice lawsuits are oftentimes far more complicated than other personal injury claims, for various reasons. For one, most medical professionals will hire the most aggressive legal teams to represent them, particularly because they know their career is on the line. That is why you must do the same. Fortunately, our firm has what it takes to win our clients the compensation they need.

When you file a medical malpractice lawsuit, you will first have to prove that you were the doctor’s patient, that the doctor in question breached his duty of care, that your child was injured and suffered significant damages as a result. Our firm can help.

What is the statute of limitations for a medical malpractice lawsuit in New York?

In New York, people have a certain amount of time to file medical malpractice claims against negligent physicians. This timeframe is known as the statute of limitations. Though generally, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State is three years, when it comes to medical malpractice lawsuits, individuals only have 2.5 years to file their claim. If you wait any longer than 2.5 years, you will most likely be barred from suing.

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