Birth injury cases often result in tragic results for a baby and his or her mother. Norman Younker handles medical malpractice cases involving children injured at birth. Clients can file a claim for birth injury often up until the child is 20 years of age, because the statute of limitations does not begin until age 18 in most cases.
We handle a lot of birth injury cases. They're always tragic, usually
involve a serious injury to the baby, often involve a serious injury to the
mother, as well. Thankfully in medical malpractice cases involving children
the, statute of limitations does not begin to run until they are 18. You
really have until the baby's 20th birthday to bring a claim.
There are some exceptions to that: If you have had someone formally
appointed as a guardian ad litem or formally appointed to represent that
child, or if you have retained a lawyer and begun the process of evaluating
or even pursuing a medical malpractice claim, the statute of limitations
may be shorter. The first thing that we try to do once we recognize that
there is a serious injury is to encourage parents to get that child into
what is called early intervention. Most states have programs where they'll
have a social worker or another healthcare worker examine that child fairly
early on, so that they can begin providing supportive care to the baby and
the family, sometimes within the first year of life.