Medical Bills And How Maryland law Treats Them In A Childbirth Injury Case.
“The medical bills!”
“The medical bills are piling up on us Mr. Boston.”
“Not only are we getting bills from the hospital, but the doctors are now sending bills and we still have to go see other specialists for possible treatment options.”
These are real concerns, from real parents who have had a child injured at birth.
Medical care in the United States is expensive enough at times for “simple” injuries, but add a critical long term, or life threatening condition to the mix and the bills and can be insurmountable at times.
Parents who have a child who is injured at birth can all too well know the challenge presented in these situations.
To compound matters worse, when the injury was because a doctor or other medical professional or hospital failed to give good and acceptable medical care, parents can sometimes feel that their world is closing in on them.
How Does Maryland Childbirth Injury Law Deal With This Issue?
When a childbirth injury case is broken down into its simplest terms you have four crucial elements which have to be met.
These are duty, breach of that duty, causation, and damages.
For the purposes of this educational article, think of damages as the injury or harm done to you and/or your child.
One of the main focuses of the Maryland civil justice system is to order the person(s)/entity responsible for the harm done to another, to pay money for the harm done.
So for example, in a childbirth injury case, the attorney will factor in the current medical bills accumulated, and future medical bills for future treatment, etc…into the final valuation of the case.
If the law deems that you are responsible for the harm done to another, you will have to pay for the harm done.
Is There A Limit As To What Will Be Paid?
Maryland law does provide a cap in medical malpractice cases as to what can be recovered.
With that said, the cap only works for certain types of “damages.”
In the context of this educational article, there are two types of damages.
The first being what we call economic damages.
The best way to look at economic damages would be the actual medical bills that you have, current and future.
These damages can be objectively verified monetarily.
On the other hand, non-economic damages are the exact opposite.
Non-economic damages would be things like pain and suffering.
As to the Maryland cap, in these types of cases there is a limit to what can paid out for the non-economic damages.
To Learn More About Your Possible Options…
I understand that in situations like this, when a child is injured at birth, parents can have a lot of questions and concerns.
If you have these questions and concerns, and your matter happened in Maryland this is what I invite you to do, and it costs you nothing to take this next action.
Pick up the phone and give me a call.
I can answer your legal questions, as this is something that I do all the time.
I can be reached at 301-850-4832.