4 Reasons to Hire a Birth Injury Attorney

A woman holds her newborn baby in her lap, in need of a birth injury attorney for her child's injuries.

Your mind boils over with questions when your child is born with an injury. As a parent, you want to immediately seek out those responsible and get justice for your child. However, you may feel guilty over pursuing legal action against the medical professionals that provided the care for you and your child during birth. Our attorneys at Zevan Davidson Roman want you to feel justified in your pursuit of compensation, so we compiled four reasons to hire a birth injury attorney.

1. To Obtain a Lawyer Experienced in Birth Injury Cases 

Not every lawyer is qualified to take on a birth-related case. Typically, only lawyers with a proven record of experience handling birth injury litigation will be ready and willing to investigate it. These attorneys often look for two things — evidence of possible medical negligence and the severity of the injury. Birth-related cases are expensive endeavors, involving the consultation of many different medical experts, so cases with extensive documentation of severe injury will be quickly adopted by lawyers within this concentration. A few severe birth injuries include:

  • Brain damage
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, or HIE
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brachial Plexus Injury

2. To Categorize Your Claim

If you suspect that you or your child fell victim to a birth injury, an attorney can help you build a case to fight back. Attorneys can help you understand the basics of birth injuries, the parties responsible and the category of the injury, such as negligence during prenatal care or delivery. While minor birth injuries may occur naturally, human error and medical negligence can directly cause severe injury that will impact the rest of your child’s life. Some doctors may even attempt to cover their mistakes by passing off birth injuries as birth defects. A birth injury attorney may be vital to identifying if you have a claim.

3. To Determine Your Damages 

A lawyer helps you create a plan for the damages you will pursue in a legal case. Like most personal injury cases, there are two general categories for damages:

  • Economic. These damages provide financial relief for the related costs associated with the injury, including past medical expenses, future medical and therapeutic needs, special equipment, nursing care and compensation for future lost earnings of the child.
  • Non-Economic. This category of damages is for the child’s pain, suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience, physical impairment, disfigurement and loss of capacity to enjoy their life.

4. To Access Vital Resources 

Any individual can represent themselves in a court of law. However, the chances of having the time to do so successfully while dealing with the setbacks of an injury are low. A lawyer helps you navigate the legal process, whether that be filing paperwork or compiling evidence. They will also grant you access to a network of birth injury experts, such as obstetricians and neurologists, who can testify on your behalf. The resources provided by an attorney strengthen your case in court and push you toward the best possible outcome in the legal system.

Hire a St. Louis Birth Injury Attorney 

A birth injury leaves you with a sense of uncertainty, but you can find renewed trust in your legal representation. At ZDR, we are committed to taking the weight of a case off your shoulders, helping you to navigate the complexities of the courtroom. During this difficult time, we encourage you to file your case as soon as possible — schedule a free consultation with our birth injury attorneys today.

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