During the process of pregnancy, labor, and birth, both the mother and
the baby need proper medical attention to ensure everything goes smoothly.
When this does not happen, the consequences can be devastating, such as
nerve damage, brain damage, and even a tragic death. The
medical malpractice lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt can guide Baltimore residents
through the process of pursuing compensation for the harm that they have
suffered. We have compassionately helped numerous parents and children
hold negligent health care providers accountable. Our priority is to provide
aggressive representation to the most seriously injured people in our
Seeking Compensation from a Negligent Health Care Provider
Mistakes during the delivery process may arise due to improper care by
a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional. There is a wide range
of potential errors, such as insufficient prenatal care, a failure to
identify signs of fetal distress, or a failure to perform a timely C-section
when appropriate. Birth injuries can lead to serious conditions in newborns
that may be long-lasting or even permanent. We have helped assert the
rights of children suffering from cerebral palsy, brain cooling, Erb’s
Palsy, fetal acidosis, hypoxic injuries, and other devastating conditions.
Medical professionals may be held accountable when their careless or reckless
behavior results in a birth injury. These claims usually proceed under
a theory of malpractice, which is a form of negligence. A critical step
in malpractice cases consists of establishing the appropriate standard
of care that the defendant should have been expected to meet. It is usually
defined as how another doctor or health care professional in the same
specialty and geographic area would have acted in similar circumstances.
Expert testimony is usually needed to determine what this means in a specific
situation, and to explain what the defendant did that fell short of the
Once the elements of duty and breach have been shown, the child’s
family would try to show that he or she would not have been hurt if the
medical professional had adhered to the duty of care. Finally, they would
need to identify the full extent of the objective costs and subjective
harm that their child experienced as a result of the malpractice. Children
injured at birth can require extensive medical care over their lifetimes.
For example, they may require a nutritionist, a physiotherapist, a speech
therapist, or motor skill training. Additionally, depending on the nature
and extent of the injuries, a person bringing a malpractice claim may
be able to recover medical expenses, lost income and benefits, pain and
suffering, and any other costs that arose from the defendant’s carelessness.
Assert Your Rights by Enlisting a Birth Injury Lawyer in Prince George’s County
If you suspect that your child was harmed by negligent behavior during
the birth process, or immediately after your child was born, we can help.
At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt, our
birth injury lawyers have helped many families in Prince George’s County and elsewhere
in Maryland pursue claims against health care professionals that failed
to use the appropriate care. Our team has over 100 years of collective
experience in the area of medical malpractice.
This is a complex area of law, and having a knowledgeable attorney on your
side can make all the difference. To learn more,
contact us online or call us at (410) 567-0800 for a free consultation.