Minneapolis Fetal Monitoring Error Lawyers
As a rule of thumb, about 10 percent of the deliveries in Minnesota involve some complications. About 10 percent of these deliveries involve serious complications. In both these situations, fast and accurate information is essential. Doctors need to know the full nature and extent of mild complications, so they can effectively intervene and prevent more serious complications. Furthermore, doctors need to know this information quickly, because the clock is always ticking.
Speed and accuracy are two of the biggest fetal monitoring problems in Minneapolis hospitals. Fetal monitors are often restrictive. So, the medical staff often disconnects them. Alternatively, when the mother moves, she could accidentally disable the monitor. As for information interpretation, doctors often don’t get to the delivery room until right before the moment of birth. Other members of the medical team are not as qualified to interpret fetal monitor results as doctors are.
The experienced Minneapolis fetal monitoring error lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman have seen many routine deliveries suddenly become emergency situations, mostly because of a lack of immediate and reliable information. The duty of care requires doctors to proactively monitor patients at all times. When they fail to do so, the family is entitled to compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Additional punitive damages are often available in these cases as well.
Why Should We Sue the Doctor?
This decision comes at a very difficult time for most families. Most people are in no mood to take on a gaggle of medical malpractice lawyers in court when they are trying to deal with a serious injury to their precious newborn.
This attitude is very understandable. That’s one reason our Minneapolis fetal monitoring error lawyers work so hard to settle these cases as quickly as possible. This settlement usually involves substantial financial compensation, as mentioned above. Families need this money to carry on with their lives.
Additionally, many doctors hesitate to assume responsibility in these situations. Frequently, they do not even come clear to the family. Instead, they often say there were “some complications” during birth but everything is fine now. A few days, weeks, or months later, it becomes apparent that everything is not fine.
A negligence action forces negligent doctors to accept responsibility for their mistakes. If no one sounds the alarm, negligent doctors usually don’t change their approach. Therefore, the same thing could happen to another family in the near future.
Usually, legal actions don’t “blame” anyone for birth injuries. Out-of-court settlements usually do not include an admission of liability. So, the incident does not leave a big, black mark on a permanent record. Instead, it simply provides the compensation these families need and deserve.
How Do We Select a Minneapolis Fetal Monitoring Error Lawyer?
Medical negligence is quite unlike other negligence claims. Your attorney should have both medical and legal expertise. That’s a very rare combination.
Furthermore, your attorney should have sufficient resources to handle these cases. Litigation is complex and expensive. So, in addition to considerable experience, your attorney must have considerable financial resources.
Finally, consider the lawyer’s accessibility. If you go to dinner at a new restaurant and there are no cars in the parking lot, that’s usually a bad sign. On the other end of the scale, if you must wait two hours for a table, it’s probably best to go somewhere else.
By the same token, your lawyer shouldn’t be able to see you at the drop of a hat. The lawyer should be relatively busy. But, if the lawyer is too busy, a less-experienced associate or non-lawyer assistant may do most of the work on your case.
Rely on an Experienced Hennepin County Lawyer
Injury victims are usually entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced fetal monitoring error lawyer in Minneapolis, contact Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman LLC by going online or calling 410-567-0800. You have a limited amount of time to act.