A birth injury diagnosis for a newborn baby turns what should be an exciting time into a scary, stressful one for families. If you or your loved one experienced a birth injury in Alaska, you may be entitled to compensation for future medical expenses and other care your child may need.
Mistakes from medical professionals can cause birth injuries and lifelong complications for your child. Preventable errors and negligent behavior constitute medical malpractice.
Birth injuries include several diagnoses, and they can be complex situations to unpack. For example, a child may receive a diagnosis for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) shortly after birth and spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). In other cases, a birth injury may not be suspected until a child grows and shows delays in their development.
Due to their complexity, birth injury cases require help from experienced and knowledgeable professionals. Attorneys that only handle birth injury cases have the right skills, networks, and knowledge to handle your child’s case with the utmost care.
Statute of Limitations
If you suspect malpractice caused an injury at birth, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. There is a time limit for filing a lawsuit called the statute of limitations. The exact timeframe for the statute of limitations may vary based on the type of facility the negligence or malpractice occurred in. It even varies for a child and parent.
In Alaska, you have until the child’s 10th birthday to file a case for medical malpractice for a minor. (The statute of limitations begins running on the child’s 8th birthday, and the limit is 2 years after that.)
Please note that statutes also may be subject to change. Contacting a birth injury lawyer to verify your statute is important to make sure you don’t miss the window for filing a lawsuit.
Legal Help in Alaska
At ABC Law Centers, we work closely with a network of trustworthy attorneys across the country.
Our attorneys focus exclusively on birth injury cases. We can share our knowledge on the complicated medical aspects of these cases and provide the compassion each family needs during this difficult time. Our staff is always available to answer any questions parents and caretakers may have.
Common Birth Injuries
Our attorneys have handled a variety of birth injury cases. We have commonly dealt with cases involving conditions including:
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Delayed emergency C-section
- Umbilical cord complications (such as a nuchal cord)
- Infant seizures
- Infections in newborns
- Cerebral palsy
- And several other birth injuries
If any of these conditions occurred during your labor and delivery, or your child was diagnosed with a birth injury or condition like cerebral palsy, we encourage you to explore your legal options.
About ABC Law Centers
ABC Law Centers is one of the few firms in the United States to focus exclusively on birth injury cases. For over 25 years, our legal team has advocated for babies and children with a variety of conditions caused by medical malpractice or negligence at or around the time of birth. Our team of award-winning attorneys and in-house medical staff are dedicated to securing our clients’ future care.
Legal help for Alaska birth injury
Attorneys at ABC Law Centers have helped advise parents with birth injury cases for 25 years. We are glad to consult with you and answer your questions, absolutely free.