Minneapolis Intracranial Hemorrhage Lawyers
Like most birth injuries, an infant intracranial hemorrhage, which is also known as an infant brain bleed, could be relatively minor or extremely catastrophic. There are four types of ICH (intracranial hemorrhage) injuries. An epidural hematoma is an accumulation of blood outside a blood vessel. Subdural hematomas are accumulations of blood on the brain’s surface. A subarachnoid hemorrhage is bleeding between the meninges (thin tissues that cover the brain) and the brain itself. The third type of ICH injuries, intracerebral hemorrhages, are rare in infants.
Birth asphyxia (lack of oxygen to the brain) or birth trauma usually causes infant ICH injuries. Asphyxia, or hypoxia, usually involves excess pressure on the infant, typically from the umbilical cord. If the baby is abnormally large, a very common situation, the baby could lodge in the mother’s birth canal or almost literally rip the cord out of the mother’s uterine wall. This pressure could also be a trauma injury, normally from a vacuum extractor or forceps. Infants’ heads are so tiny and so fragile that they simply cannot withstand the extreme force of these devices.
The detail-oriented Minneapolis intracranial hemorrhage lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman leave no stone unturned when it comes to your birth injury claim. We interview witnesses and collect evidence that supports your claim and refutes insurance company defenses. Because we build such a strong foundation, we are usually able to settle these claims out of court, and on victim-friendly terms. These resolutions end cases sooner. That’s good news for victims, from both a financial and emotional perspective.
Duty of Care
Most people are familiar with the duty of reasonable care, which usually applies to noncommercial motorists. This legal responsibility is based on the Golden Rule (do unto others as you would have them do unto you) which school children once memorized.
There is a significant difference between a nonprofessional motorist and a professional doctor. Almost anyone can obtain a drivers’ license, but only a few people can obtain a medical license. The process is much more difficult. So, the level of legal responsibility is much higher.
Most doctors have a fiduciary duty. This same legal responsibility usually applies to accountants, Minneapolis intracranial hemorrhage lawyers, and other degreed professionals. The fiduciary duty in Minnesota requires these individuals to sacrifice all other priorities for the sake of the patient’s best interests. If a doctor’s lavish wedding is on Saturday night and a high-risk patient goes into labor Saturday night, the doctor must probably skip her own wedding.
Because of this high duty of care, there is usually no such thing as a medical “accident.” Drivers usually aren’t responsible for damages if they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. But doctors are usually responsible for damages even in these situations.
Generally, the damages in a birth injury claim include compensatory and punitive damages. Compensatory damages pay medical bills and compensate victims for their pain and suffering. Punitive damages punish tortfeasors (negligent parties) and deter future wrongdoing.
Speak With a Dedicated Hennepin County Lawyer
Injury victims are usually entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced intracranial hemorrhage lawyer 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.