South Carolina Birth Injuries Lawyer

(843) 314-4202

Bringing a child into the world is a beautiful thing, but it's also dangerous. There's a lot that can go wrong. Birth injuries can be devastating, and making it worse is when it was preventable. When a birth injury occurs in South Carolina, the parent (or the child) can bring a medical malpractice claim to demand damages. Any monetary award can never take the place of a healthy child, but it can help with the costs and the subsequent stress that follows.

At Hopkins Law Firm, our birth injury lawyers in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Pawleys Island is committed to helping families file solid birth injury lawsuits to demand justice. Contact us online or call us today at (843) 314-4202 to schedule a free consultation.

What are Birth Injuries?

A birth injury typically involves damage or harm suffered by an infant or a mother prior to, during, or shortly after giving birth. Birth injuries vary significantly in terms of severity, with some birth injuries being minor and others being potentially life threatening.

The most common types of birth injuries include:

  • Brain damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb's palsy
  • Jaundice
  • Broken bones
  • Uterine rupture or inversion
  • Nerve injuries

It is important to understand the difference between birth injuries and birth defects. Birth injuries often result from medical negligence or a medical mistake, whereas birth defects generally result from a person's genetic makeup or from medications.

Proving a Birth Injury Liability in South Carolina

Proving liability for a birth injury is essential to obtain compensation for any damages. Liability generally means showing that a medical professional or hospital's negligence caused the birth injury.

A birth injury claim commonly requires several elements to prove liability. First, there must be a doctor/patient relationship between the harmed individual and the negligent doctor. Next, there must be proof of the doctor's breach of the medical standard of care, which is measured based on a doctor with similar experience and education acting under similar circumstances. Finally, there must be a causal link between the doctor's breach of the medical standard of care and the injured person's birth injury and damages.

Although birth injuries can be significant and terrifying, not all birth injuries result from medical negligence or result in a lawsuit. For example, some birth injuries are unpreventable or caused by mistakes that do not reach the level of negligence.

Compensation for Birth Injuries in South Carolina

The amount and types of compensation available to an individual in a birth injury case vary greatly based on the specific circumstances of the case. With that being said, the common types of damages awarded in a birth injury case include economic damages and non-economic damages.

Economic damages include the monetary amounts that an injured party pays as a result of the birth injury sustained from a doctor's negligence. Some of the common forms of economic damages include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Costs for life support and ongoing care
  • Costs for therapies
  • Special education coverage
  • Lost wages

On the other hand, non-economic damages commonly relate to losses from the pain, suffering, and emotional trauma experienced after birth injury. Non-economic damages are typically more difficult to calculate due to the lack of documentation and hard evidence.

Do You Need a Birth Injury Attorney in South Carolina?

Birth injury cases are generally difficult to win without an attorney. In fact, it can be difficult for a person unfamiliar with the legal system to properly file a birth injury case without the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney. For instance, there are several state laws and court rules that must be followed to simply get a case started and ensure that you do not lose the legal right to pursue compensation for a birth injury.

At Hopkins Law Firm, our medical malpractice lawyers in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Pawleys Island handles birth injury cases. We have the necessary knowledge and resources to perform an investigation and obtain the medical experts needed to prove a breach of the medical standard of care. Contact us online or call us today at (843) 314-4202 to schedule a free consultation.

Principled. Practical. Personal.

When you have to go to court, you want to know your lawyer will fight for you so you get the best possible outcome. Here at Hopkins Law Firm, our team of personal injury, family law, and criminal defense lawyers has the experience and insights needed to help you present your best case. Our team has helped many clients to protect their future. With locations in Charleston, Pawleys Island, and Myrtle Beach, we can make sure you get the counsel you need anywhere in South Carolina.