Birth-related injuries, such as cerebral palsy, can be a result of medical malpractice (also called medical negligence). Parents who question whether their child’s condition is the result of medical malpractice should most certainly seek legal advice. However, choosing the right law firm is vital to ensure that you receive the compensation you and your family need and deserve.
Here are some of the most important factors to look for when searching for appropriate counsel.
Experience. Medical malpractice and birth injuries litigation are legal specialties. Do your research and ensure that the law firm you’re consulting has extensive experience handling such cases. For example, every attorney at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC has over 20 years of experience representing birth injured children and collectively have handled hundreds of birth injury cases. There is no substitute for experience when representing birth injured children.
Medical Background. Lawyers with intense medical backgrounds have a distinct advantage in understanding medical negligence and are able to better assess your case and represent you in court. Consult with a law firm with medical professionals on staff, including doctors and nurses, like Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC.
Stability. A medical malpractice or birth injury case may take years to close. The right firm to handle birth injury litigation must have the resources to keep fighting for the client as long as it take without feeling pressure to settle the case for less than its true value. Choose a veteran firm with an outstanding record of success.
Confidence. The right law firm will never ask the injured client to pay anything in advance. In fact, a client should owe nothing to the lawyers unless the case is won. Here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith LLC, for example, the law firm advances all the costs of investigating and pursuing the case and only gets reimbursed when the client wins! Moreover, our legal fees are a percentage of a recovery, not a flat hourly rate. This means our firm and our clients have the same objective: prompt and full and fair recovery of money damages.
Size Matters. A mother caring for a child with birth injuries wants lawyers who will give her child’s case the time and attention it needs. She does not want lawyers who are overwhelmed with other clients’ work and unavailable to offer her a listening ear, support and advice as concerns and questions naturally arise during the litigation process. That’s why a smaller firm of dedicated birth injury/medical malpractice lawyers, like Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC., is a right choice for clients who desire that personal touch often lacking at large firms that handle a multitude of personal injury cases ranging from products liability, drug cases, environmental cases, business litigation, and also, medical malpractice/birth injury cases.
Reputation. The parent of a birth injured child should consult a firm that has a great reputation for success, ethical conduct and legal knowledge among fellow lawyers. For example, all the attorneys at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC have been rated “AV” by their legal peers, as published in Martindale-Hubbell. Moreover, Dr. Gershon and Mr. Willoughby have been recognized as “Super Lawyers” by their peers.
So, when seeking a lawyer for your birth injured child, choose wisely. Demand experience, medical backgrounds, stability, confidence, the right size, and the right reputation!