If your child was injured at birth, you may already be feeling the weight of your responsibilities as parents of a child with special needs. Your relationships, your career, and your finances may be stretched thin, and you are more than likely wondering when and how you will get some sort of a break from the constant stress. If you are thinking of pursuing a lawsuit against one or more medical professionals whom you believe to have caused harm to your child, it is only natural to wonder how long your birth injury case will take.
Many birth injury cases take between eighteen months and two years from start to finish. Birth injury lawsuits can be rather complicated, so it is also possible that your case could go on for more than two years. Because two years is a long time to hang on when your personal and financial resources are stretched thin, it is important that you speak with a Tennessee Birth Injury Attorney about filing a birth injury lawsuit as soon as you begin to suspect that your child has suffered a birth injury. Although birth injury cases take time to resolve, it is important that you do not let the possible length of time involved deter you from holding negligent medical personnel responsible for their actions and pursuing compensation which will help you provide your child with the care that they need now and into the future.
When your Tennessee Birth Injury Attorney begins work on your case, they must gather and assess medical records in order to determine whether it is likely that negligent actions injured your child during birth. In assessing medical records, your attorney may consult with medical specialists who can help them to determine the likelihood that the injuries that your child has suffered were caused at birth. If your attorney is able to conclude that your child’s injury is likely the result of negligence, they can file your claim for damages.
Once your claim has been filed, a few things might happen concurrently over an extended period of time. Your attorney will be gathering information about your case through the discovery process, and they may also receive one or more settlement offers from the opposing party or parties. The discovery process is the means by which attorneys prepare their cases for trial, even if it is possible that the parties may settle beforehand. During discovery, both written requests for information, called interrogatories, and verbal examination of witnesses, called depositions, are conducted by attorneys on both sides of the case.
Many times, as the discovery process moves forward, plaintiffs receive settlement offers from the defendants against whom they have filed suit. When this happens, the plaintiffs are able to choose whether to accept or reject the settlement offer. An experienced Tennessee Birth Injury Attorney can help you to assess settlement offers, so that you can avoid accepting offers which will not adequately compensate you for the injuries that your child has suffered, and for the care that they will need in the future. If the defendants do not produce a settlement offer that you can accept, your attorney will pursue the recovery that you deserve at trial.
To learn more about what happens during a birth injury case, call the knowledgeable Memphis birth injury attorneys at Bailey & Greer, PLLC. We can answer your questions, explain your options, and help you decide how to proceed. Call us today, at (888) 470-9143 to schedule a time to discuss your case. At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, we are small enough to care, big enough to fight, and experienced enough to win.