Minneapolis Infant Injury Attorney
About one in ten infant deliveries in Minneapolis involves some complications. About one in ten of these deliveries involve serious complications. Usually, unless doctors intervene quickly and properly in these situations, the babies, and often the mothers as well, could suffer permanent injuries. Frequently, the seeds of this negligence are planted much earlier. Many doctors fail to acknowledge or appreciate risks, such as an unusually large baby or diabetes in the mother, which could cause a delivery room emergency.
The experienced Minneapolis infant injury attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman have successfully handled birth injury cases for decades. Over the years, we have developed proven methods that allow us to quickly evaluate your case and collect evidence to support your claims. Once the case goes to court, our professional team knows what it takes to obtain maximum compensation for families and hold negligent doctors responsible for their actions.
Common Infant Injuries
A few moments of neglect during a prenatal visit or in the delivery room could cause a catastrophic injury. Some examples include:
- Brain Damage: Infant injuries often include internal or external brain injuries. Internal injuries, like HIE (hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy) limit oxygen flow to the brain. As a result, the brain starts shutting down internal organs. Dangerous manual or mechanical birth interventions often cause cranial compression and other such injuries. These wounds are normally permanent.
- Nerve Damage: Excessive or unusual force during delivery usually causes a brain injury. These same forces could cause facial nerve injuries and other such wounds. These injuries often affect the brachial plexus nerve bundle under the baby’s arms. The resulting nerve injuries, like Erb’s palsy, are normally irreversible.
- Maternal Injuries: Babies are not only at risk for birth injuries. Childbirth is also very risky for mothers. For example, the epidural administration process is extremely delicate. Many things could go wrong at different junctures. Other maternal injuries are related to dangerous pregnancy conditions, like preeclampsia, which doctors either do not spot or do not properly treat.
Generally, doctors have a fiduciary duty in these situations. They must disregard all other priorities, including time management and money management, and focus exclusively on what is best for the mother and baby. That’s usually different from the family’s preference. For example, many mothers may prefer a vaginal delivery, but if such a procedure is too risky, the doctor must order a C-section or another alternative.
How to Select a Minneapolis Infant Injury Attorney
Upon initial inspection, most of the Minneapolis infant injury attorneys seem alike. But upon closer inspection, some clear differences emerge. During your initial consultation, pay close attention to the following areas:
- Experience: Law school teaches students to think like lawyers. But only experience teaches attorneys to effectively advocate for clients. Your birth injury case should never be a training tool for an inexperienced lawyer.
- Dedication: If you are having chest pains, you should see a cardiologist as opposed to a general practice doctor. Likewise, if a serious birth injury has touched your family, you should work with a dedicated medical malpractice attorney as opposed to a general practice lawyer.
- Accessibility: If you have a special needs child, simply arranging to be at a certain place at a certain time is often a challenge. Your lawyer should appreciate these difficulties and adjust to them.
Search carefully, but search quickly. Birth injury victims and survivors have a limited amount of time to act.
Connect with a Savvy Hennepin County Lawyer
Injury victims are usually entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced infant injury attorney in Minneapolis, contact Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman LLC by going online or calling 410-567-0800. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these matters.