If you have a child who sustained any sort of permanent damage as a result of suspected negligence by medical staff whose care you were under, you have every right to get to the bottom of it.
If the negligence is real, you and your family are due compensation not only for the pain and suffering you have been forced to endure but also for the lifelong mountain of expenses that come with providing care for someone who may have limited abilities to care for themselves.
Just because you decide to involve a lawyer in getting to the bottom of a troubling event doesn't mean you hate all doctors, distrust all medical staff and hospitals, or are looking for a big payday. A good law firm such as a doesn't do this either. Good personal injury law firms partner with some of the most qualified healthcare professionals in the world to ensure not only that things remain just and fair, but also to advocate for change so that this sort of thing doesn't happen again.
If you are considering seeking legal advice regarding a birth injury contacts Litman Law Firm, these are also 9 "common sense" things to consider when choosing a firm.
1. Choose a firm that specializes in birth injury cases similar to yours. If you don't have one in mind, use a lawyer you already know and trust to refer you to one. Searches on the internet will turn up dozens of law firms that want your business, but don't necessarily make it their specialty or have the necessary experience. Just like when searching for a doctor, you don't want someone that has "attempted" the procedure a few dozen times, you want someone who has done it successfully thousands of times.
2. Look for a firm that regularly employs experts in the field that relates to your situation. If you believe your baby experienced a birth injury, you will want a firm that regularly works with at least one board-certified obstetrician.
3. Look for a firm with deep pockets. Cases such as these can take years and cost millions. This is not money out of your pocket, it's money out of theirs. They don't recoup this money until a favorable judgment is finalized and the defendant has paid. If they can't afford to see this through to the end, they are of no use to you. A sizeable staff, many years in business, and a lengthy string of "wins," are indications of the financial strength of a firm.
4. Avoid firms that are quick to "settle." The idea of a quick resolution may sound appealing at first, but defense attorneys are going to offer very "low" settlement offers all along the way. You need legal counsel that will stand firm against such offers and exhibit trust in you, your case, and their ability to win. The amount of money you and your attorney decide is correct is not going to be much over the amount that will be needed to adequately care for your child for their entire life. "Settling" only ensures that the money will run out before the need.
5. Don't limit your search to local law firms. The biggest and most successful firms are licensed to practice in many states.
6. Take your time to do due diligence by thoroughly checking the credentials and consumer reviews of law firms. Some numerous websites and publications rank and review attorneys and their firms.
7. Never engage with a law firm that asks for up-front money from you. Injury lawyers are compensated after the verdict/settlement is reached and only if they win.
8. Don't engage with a law firm that rushes you to sign with them.
9. Make sure they provide you with names and numbers of people you can ask questions of at any time and who will keep you updated on your case every step of the way.
In summary, it's going to be a long process, so take your time. The law firm you hire should feel like an ally every step of the way and should not cause you and your family further frustration. Doing your homework, as described above, should result in a good choice.