A birth injury diagnosis for a newborn baby turns what should be an exciting time into a scary, stressful one for parents. Mistakes from medical professionals can cause birth injuries and lifelong complications for a child. Often, negligent behavior or medical malpractice are the cause. If you or your loved one experienced a birth injury in Maine, you may be entitled to compensation for future medical expenses and other care your child may need.
Birth injuries include several diagnoses, and they can be difficult to understand. A child may receive a diagnosis for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) shortly after birth and spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Other times, it’s not until a child grows and shows delays in their development that a birth injury is suspected.
Due to their complexity, birth injury cases require help from experienced and knowledgeable professionals.
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 time frame for the statute of limitations may vary based on the type of facility the negligence or malpractice occurred in, and that deadline may also be subject to change.
In Maine, you have until the child’s 6th birthday to file for a birth injury case, or 3 years from the date of the injury for a child before they are 18 years old. For parents, you have 3 years from the date of injury.
Speaking to a birth injury attorney can help confirm your statute and provide you with a clearer understanding of your legal options.
Legal Help in Maine
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.
Common Birth Injuries
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.