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 community.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 appropriate standard.
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 75 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 888-952-9669 for a free consultation.