The need for a top-notch birth injury attorney to help parents through the winding, complicated legal process was underscored recently by a case in Virginia.
As reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Ted and Roni Arven of Roanoke County, VA, fought for many years to settle a lawsuit after their son, Cody, was injured at birth in 2003 due to oxygen deprivation.
The Arvens filed their lawsuit in 2015, stating that a state-run birth injury program denied their claim for benefits and told them to file for Medicaid to pay for Cody’s care. Their lawsuit uncovered that in fact, the funds should have come from the state program first, with Medicaid as a “last resort.”
The Virginia Birth Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program was under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department before agreeing to a settlement. The program, created and financed by doctors and insurance companies, was forced to pay $20.7 million to the federal government, as reimbursement for Medicaid payments that went to the Arvens and other Virginia families.
The Arvens’ law firm also received an undisclosed amount in the settlement. In the newspaper article, the couple’s attorney calls them “heroes” for persevering through the long battle to secure necessary funds to care for their son and bringing to light an error in Virginia’s birth injury system.
If this sounds like a complicated story, imagine being in the Arvens’ position and not knowing where to turn after your child was injured at birth due to medical malpractice. Imagine having to care for a child with special needs while the medical bills mount, or the heart-wrenching experience of being denied the benefits you deserve.
Imagine not knowing where to find a cerebral palsy injury attorney in Baltimore, Washington, D.C, or the surrounding area to formulate the right plan of attack for the case and serve as a helping hand through the grueling legal process.
The lawyers at Gerson Willoughby & Getz, LLC, have built their reputation as leading cerebral palsy attorneys by helping people like the Arvens through the long and difficult process of filing and settling birth injury lawsuits. If your child was injured at birth, you must find a way to pay for care, and if you’re unsure as to whether you have a case, contact us today for a consultation.