A birth injury diagnosis for a newborn baby turns what should be an exciting time into a scary, stressful one for families. Even the most well-trained physicians can make errors during medical care. In some cases, these mistakes can result in injury and lead to lifelong complications for a child. Negligent behavior or medical malpractice may be the cause.
Whether you are in Lansing, East Lansing, Kalamazoo, Northern Michigan, the Upper Peninsula, or any other Michigan city, ABC Law Centers can help you determine the right course of action for your child.
Birth injury cases are complex
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.
Our attorneys have handled a variety of birth injury cases. We have commonly dealt with cases involving conditions including:
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 Michigan, you have until the child’s 10th birthday to file a suit, or 2 years for an adult injury.
Legal Help in Lansing
At ABC Law Centers, we work closely with a network of trustworthy attorneys across the country. We are based in Michigan.
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.
Lansing Hospitals, Medical Centers and NICUs
Not every hospital is equipped to help the most fragile or ill of newborns. Infants with birth injuries can sometimes need highly specialized care, including (but not limited to) hypothermia therapy, ventilation, seizure monitoring and management, and/or surgical interventions for certain health issues.
While the following is not a comprehensive list of medical centers in the area surrounding Lansing, it is a starting point for parents researching a particular hospital’s capabilities for taking care of critically ill newborns:
- Sparrow Health Care: The Sparrow NICU provide NICU care for the Mid-Michigan region, and their pediatric rehabilitation services can provide developmental assessments for children and help children with disabilities develop their physical and occupational skills, learn how to properly chew and swallow, and learn other important life tasks. Sparrow Hospital is designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) in Maternity Care. The hospital has several locations, including in Lansing, St. Johns, Carson City, and Ionia.
To find other NICU locations in the state of Michigan, please see the following links:
Lansing Universities and Research Centers
There are several universities and research centers participating in medical and scientific research in Lansing. The most significant is the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, which performs research in numerous areas, including in diabetes, obesity, surgery, and cardiovascular disorders.
Michigan State University also partnered with Sparrow Hospital to create the Center for Innovation and Research. The university also has programs in neonatology (which help care for infants in Sparrow Hospital’s Level III NICU), and a unit of obstetrics and gynecology that focuses on multiple areas of maternal-fetal medicine, including uterine biology and maternal-fetal interactions. It is also involved in expanding pediatric research in partnership with Spectrum Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
Lansing Military Hospitals
While Lansing does not directly have a military medical center, the closest facility is the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw. Under some circumstances, individuals who have given birth at a military medical facility and had a child who sustained a birth injury can seek to file a lawsuit under an act called the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).
Military hospitals do not allow active-duty service members to file suits against them, though their spouses and dependents can. Differences such as these require birth injury attorneys who understand both birth injury and military medical malpractice; ABC Law Centers has the experience and credentials needed to litigate these cases.
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.