How to Find the Best Medical Malpractice Attorney: 4 Things to Consider for Your Birth Injury Case
If a medical professional’s negligence caused injuries to your baby and/or the mother in the course of childbirth, you may be able to file a birth injury lawsuit. But how can you find the best attorney to handle the case? Read on to learn four important considerations in finding the best attorney for your birth injury case.
1) There are different disciplines of medicine involved.
Even though birth injury sounds like a narrow subcategory of medical malpractice, it is anything but narrow in its scope. An experienced birth injury attorney will have a working knowledge of various types of medicine, including obstetrics, nursing, neonatology, pediatric neurology, pediatric cardiology, orthopedics, and maternal fetal medicine. The birth injury attorney’s deep understanding of these types of medicine enables them to properly analyze your case.
2) A winning strategy means finding the best theory of negligence.
In addition to understanding the various types of medicine involved in a potential birth injury case, your Philadelphia birth injury lawyer must understand all of the facts in evidence and the legal theories involved. There are certain fact patterns that will be familiar to an experienced birth injury attorney and it’s the ability to recognize the particulars of these cases and pinpointing the proper theory of negligence that distinguishes a good birth injury attorney from a bad one.
3) Your attorney needs to know the right experts.
A good birth injury attorney in Philadelphia will have the right contacts for every case that comes across their desk. They will have a database of top-quality experts in the varying fields of birth injury medicine discussed above so that when you reach out to them to represent you, they know the first person to call for an expert opinion. If the case, for example, involves a baby’s bone fracture during childbirth, the attorney may call an orthopedist to determine the extent of the baby’s injuries. This segues neatly into the next consideration: damages.
4) Understanding the extent of damages is key to winning the case.
In Pennsylvania, there are two main categories of compensation: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are quantifiable, the exact figure can be established with documentation. Non-economic damages are not quantifiable – they are more of a subjective assessment of the sad consequences of a birth injury. For your birth injury case, a good birth injury attorney will understand the extent of the damages and ensure that you are compensated fully. For example, if you had to stop working to manage your child’s care as a result of the birth injury, you could collect economic damages called “lost wages.” Medical expenses related to the birth injury are also economic damages. Non-economic damages would include your child’s loss of enjoyment or quality of life due to, for instance, an injury that prevents them from enjoying typical childhood milestones such as bike-riding or going down a slide at the playground.
So that you can do what’s best for your child and for your family, contact the qualified birth injury attorneys at VSCP Law.