Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt Reports on Birth Injuries and Compensation
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(Baltimore, Maryland) Six children out of every 1,000 are injured at birth, and male babies are more at risk of being injured during the delivery process. Birth injuries range from the mild, such as minor bruising, to severe, like cerebral palsy. Other forms of birth injury include facial paralysis, spinal cord damage and Erb’s palsy. Whenever a child is injured at the time of birth, the family may be looking at a lifetime of expensive, specialized care to provide the child with the highest quality of life possible. Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt ( works with families routinely to ensure they obtain the compensation needed to pay for this mandatory, expensive life long care. “Doctors are human and make mistakes. However, many of these mistakes are preventable. A doctor may incorrectly or inappropriately use forceps or a vacuum during the birthing process or deliver a depressed baby and fail to resuscitate him or her properly and timely. Doctors may overlook a baby in fetal distress or one who is in non-reassuring fetal status or they may not perform a cesarean-section birth in a timely manner. All of which can lead to birth injuries that could have been prevented with appropriate care,” Keith Forman, spokesperson for Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt (birthinjurymedicalmalpractice.com), explains.
Birth injuries come in many forms. This includes neonatal stroke, neonatal hydrocephalus and newborn infection. Doctors receive training to detect problems at an early stage and a failure to identify and correct a dangerous condition is often what leads to these otherwise preventable injuries. Parents do not have this type of medical training, thus they typically don’t know anything is wrong until the damage has been done.
“One problem is that each type of birth injury is different, thus determining long-term care, needs and expenses is a challenge. Our attorneys are familiar with the different types of injuries a child may sustain and what type of care will be needed in the future. We utilize highly experienced experts in this field to help quantify life time costs to ensure parents have the financial means to obtain any and all help their child will require,” Forman continues.
Compensation involves more than medical bills. A child may require in-home medical care, adaptive equipment or care in an institution. Furthermore, travel to and from medical appointments may be included in a claim for compensation, as these expenses can add up over time. Families often find they can also be compensated for intangible expenses, such as the emotional suffering the child and family will go through as a result of the preventable birth injury.
“We work hard to ensure our clients obtain the compensation needed to properly care for the child. Over they years, we have won numerous large verdicts, including a $55 million verdict against Johns Hopkins, and this is due in large part to our ability to help juries understand the intricacies of these types of cases. Contact us to discuss your case and we will help you determine the proper course of action to ensure your child is cared for now-and in the future,” Forman declares.
About Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt:
Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt handles all forms of medical malpractice and focuses special attention on serious birth injury cases. They understand raising a child with cerebral palsy or other serious birth related injury is extremely challenging, emotionally and financially draining and changes the lives of everyone in the family. When a child is needlessly injured at birth, it’s heartbreaking and the family needs answers, action and justice. The team of highly skilled lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt routinely handles these types of cases successfully and knows the medicine and the law. Furthermore, the firm has the financial resources to not back down to doctors, hospitals and insurance companies who will stop at nothing to avoid responsibility.
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