What to Look for When Choosing a Birth Injury Attorney
A birth injury can be devastating to your entire family. You may be left uncertain about your child's future and how you will give them the medical care and high quality of life they deserve. While you may feel overwhelmed, it's important to choose a birth injury lawyer as soon as possible.
The thought of a lawsuit may be the furthest thing from your mind during this difficult time but the help of a nationwide birth injury attorney may relieve at least your financial concerns so you can focus on supporting your child.
If your child's cerebral palsy or other birth injury was the result of medical negligence, a birth injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and build your case to hold the medical professional accountable and seek compensation that will pay for your child's ongoing medical needs and support services.
Because birth injury cases are a specialized and complex area of law, it's a good idea to carefully choose a birth injury lawyer who has the experience and expertise necessary to give you the best chances of successfully proving your case. Here are important questions to ask when choosing an attorney to protect your child's best interests.
What Is Your Firm's Legal Focus?
Birth injury cases are very complicated and different than other areas of personal injury law. It's wise to choose an attorney that understands the unique legal and medical intricacies of your case. While many law firms advertise that they represent clients in birth injury law, many do not have much experience with these cases and may actually contract them out to more experienced law firms. Choose a law firm that specializes specifically in birth injury law from the beginning to be sure you will have the quality representation your child needs.
How Much Experience Do You Have with My Child's Birth Injury?
Birth injuries come in many forms and each type of injury comes with unique circumstances to consider. Always ask how much experience the birth injury lawyer has with the specific birth injuries your child has sustained. The Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston, Inc. focuses on cerebral palsy, the most common birth injury in the United States, with more than 30 years of experience recognizing and proving the specific ways in which negligence can cause a child's cerebral palsy.
How Closely Do You Work with Medical Professionals?
While birth injury lawyers are well versed in legal and medical aspects of birth injury cases, an attorney is not a medical professional. Medical professionals, especially those who have worked in NICU or obstetrics, have the ability to detect more subtle types of malpractice. A birth injury lawyer may work with nurses or physicians with relevant experience who can speak with clients and review the birthing process and medical records to provide invaluable insight into the types of mistakes that may have occurred.
What Is Your Record of Verdicts and Settlements?
Past results are not a guarantee of future success but a birth injury lawyer's record of settlements and verdicts can demonstrate their level of expertise and experience with cases similar to yours. Through 30 years of practice, the Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston has recovered many multi-million-dollar settlements including a recent $2.5 million medical malpractice settlement and $18 million in settlements in 2017 alone.
Contact a Nationwide Birth Injury Attorney
Cerebral palsy is one of the most devastating birth injuries as it leaves lifelong consequences for the child and long-term medical and psychological needs. If you believe your child's cerebral palsy was caused by a medical professional's negligence, contact the cerebral palsy specialists at the Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston to schedule a free consultation to review your child's case. We serve families nationwide with experienced representation specializing in cerebral palsy. You never need to pay for our legal services upfront and you will owe nothing if we do not win your case.