Minneapolis Preeclampsia Birth Injury Lawyer
Usually, mothers-to-be show no signs of preeclampsia, which is basically high maternal blood pressure, for about the first half of their pregnancies. Then, symptoms begin appearing, such as shortness of breath, vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain. However, these symptoms could be preeclampsia, or they could just be the normal effects of pregnancy. Only medical tests, such as a urine test to detect increased protein levels (proteinuria), give doctors sufficient evidence.
Medical malpractice could occur at any point in this process. Frequently, doctors see prenatal visits as routine screenings. They don’t listen very closely when patients complain of unusual symptoms. This failure to listen often leads to a failure to run diagnostic tests. Doctors believe they are unnecessary. Furthermore, doctors believe that the insurance company might share this assessment and refuse to pay for the test. If a doctor does order a test, the doctor often over-delegates test result interpretation to nurses and other less-qualified professionals.
The experienced Minneapolis preeclampsia birth injury lawyers 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.
Physician Duty of Care
Minnesota law imposes a duty of care on everyone. At a minimum, people must refrain from intentionally injuring other people. For example, homeowners cannot intentionally injure burglars, unless self-defense or another doctrine applies.
A fiduciary duty, which applies to lawyers, doctors, accountants, and most other professionals, is at the opposite end of the spectrum. This level of legal responsibility requires doctors to disregard all other priorities and only do what is best for their patients. To illustrate, if a homeowner had a fiduciary duty to a burglar, the homeowner would have to turn over all valuables in the house, give the burglar any requested information, and pack the burglar a lunch for the road.
In the birth injury context, almost any error in the PLDR (prenatal, labor, delivery & recovery) process constitutes medical negligence. If negligence, or a lack of care, caused injury, a Minneapolis preeclampsia birth injury lawyer may obtain damages in court.
These damages usually include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Additional punitive damages are often available in medical negligence cases as well. These additional damages punish tortfeasors (negligent doctors) and deter future wrongdoing.
Responsibilities of a Minneapolis Preeclampsia Birth Injury Lawyer
As mentioned, attorneys also have a fiduciary duty in these situations. Lawyers must cast aside all other priorities, such as career advancement and making money, and only do what is best for their clients.
This legal responsibility may seem lofty. But compliance with it really comes down to a few basic areas, such as hard work, zealous advocacy, and open communication.
The hard work in a birth injury case usually includes a thorough case evaluation, diligent evidence collection, and anticipation of insurance company defenses, such as comparative fault. For example, in preeclampsia claims, insurance companies often blame mothers for not taking care of their own health.
Zealous advocacy means always pushing the client’s case forward no matter the cost. Open communication means keeping the client apprised of important developments and always being available to give advice.
Count On a Dedicated Hennepin County Lawyer
Injury victims are usually entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced preeclampsia birth injury 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.