Ann Arbor Birth Injury Lawyers
Medical malpractice lawyers for babies representing clients in the Ann Arbor area
Ann Arbor hospitals are known for their highly-ranked care. However, the medical professionals working at these facilities may still make mistakes. Unfortunately, in cases that involve unborn babies and newborns, these errors can seriously impact their development and lead to permanent disabilities. If your child suffered a birth injury (any type of harm that occurs shortly before, during, or after birth) and now has a disability such as cerebral palsy (CP), or an intellectual or developmental disability, our attorneys can help. The attorneys at ABC Law Centers help parents pursue justice for their children and obtain settlement money to cover the many expenses associated with raising a birth-injured child, such as:
- Medical bills
- Possible loss of income (if parents miss work in order to provide care) or payment for professional caregivers
- Home and vehicle modifications (e.g. to accommodate a wheelchair)
- Assistive technology
- Specialized recreation and education opportunities
We are one of the only law firms in the country that only handles birth injury cases. This unique focus means that our attorneys have a thorough knowledge of the complex medical aspects of these cases and a large network of experts to collaborate with. Our multi-million dollar settlements, legal awards and honors, and testimonials further attest to our success.
We have served many clients in the Ann Arbor area and will happily accommodate your needs. If you have any questions, contact our Ann Arbor birth injury attorneys today. There is no obligation or charge involved; in fact, the entire legal process is free unless we win your case!
Attorneys at ABC Law Centers have helped advise parents with birth injury cases for 25 years.
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Types of birth injuries
A number of obstetrical complications and medical mistakes can cause birth injuries. Many labor complications need to be addressed immediately, sometimes needing an emergency c-section to ensure the health of the mother and the baby. The baby is especially at risk if a medical complication deprives them of oxygen, which can lead to permanent brain damage. Some of the more common injuries and medical complications in cases that our attorneys handle are:
- Birth asphyxia
- Birth trauma
- Neonatal (infant) seizures
- Neonatal (infant) resuscitation errors
- Low Apgar scores
- Hypothermia (cooling) therapy
- Umbilical cord prolapse
- Placental abruption
- Uterine rupture
Our community involvement in Ann Arbor
Over the years, we have made substantial contributions to a variety of projects run by the University of Michigan health system (Michigan Medicine) and other university departments. Most notably, ABC Law Centers president Jesse Reiter established The Reiter HIE Research Fund to support the research of Dr. John Barks, who is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Director of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Michigan. Dr. Barks’ clinical and laboratory work is critical to the development of new treatments for newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). To contribute to this fund, click here.
Other initiatives our Ann Arbor birth injury attorneys have supported include the following:
- The Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Research and Education, which is comprised of neonatologists who care for injured and sick newborn infants, educate future pediatric and neonatology medical professionals, and conduct cutting-edge research in the field of neonatal-perinatal medicine.
- C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, which provides cutting-edge pediatric treatment. Jesse Reiter and ABC Law Centers have supported a variety of events and funds, including the Mott Golf Classic and the Charles Woodsen Research Fund. Learn more here.
- The Ataxia Clinic, which is involved in treating ataxia as well as conducting research into the causes of ataxia and developing new therapies. Our donation helped Dr. Vikram Shakkottai and his colleagues. They are researching how changes in cerebellar physiology can affect ataxia disorders, and if ion channel modulators can be used to treat motor disorders. They are passionate about the prevention and treatment of ataxia, as well as working toward a cure.
- Research on artificial placenta technology, which could help very premature babies survive and develop. One of the biggest risks facing preemies is their underdeveloped lungs; they are often unable to provide the brain, heart, and other major organs with enough oxygen. This can lead to brain damage, permanent disabilities, and even death. In a U of M Health Lab Blog, Beata Mostafavi notes that an artificial placenta, “could revolutionize the treatment of extreme prematurity.”
- The Jerry Isler Neuromuscular Fund, which supported the development of Nerve Whiz, a free cell phone app that serves as a diagnostic tool. It allows doctors to note areas of muscle weakness or sensory loss on a picture of a limb. Nerve Whiz then provides a list of the areas of the nervous system that are likely to be involved.
- The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, which houses a multidisciplinary team of experts. According to their web page, they strive “to help every individual maximize functional performance and achieve independence and community integration.”
- The Child & Family Life Program, which aims to reduce stress caused by pediatric illnesses and hospitalizations. They provide a variety of services, such as activity centers, art therapy, and a hospital school program.
- The Epilepsy Discovery Fund, which supports research on a variety of topics, such as the causes of seizures, how to detect seizures early, and the relationship between epilepsy and sleep.
- Reach Out and Read (ROR), which was created in order to combat illiteracy by making it a part of primary care. ROR provides a new book to children from low-income families between 6 months and 5 years old that they can take home with them. Since their beginning in 1997, over 250,000 books have been donated.
- Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides temporary housing (close to the hospitals) and support to families with sick children, among a variety of other initiatives. Rebecca Walsh, partner and birth injury attorney at ABC Law Centers, served on the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Board of Directors from 2009-2015. Learn more about RMHC here.
- The Michigan Law School Fund, which helps to provide scholarship opportunities for Michigan Law students and supports the Michigan Law faculty. It also enables the law school to run curricular activities such as the Legal Practice Program and the Clinical Law Program. Our annual Disability Advocacy Scholarship also assists law students pursuing a career in disability advocacy.
Trusted legal help for your Ann Arbor birth injury case
The award-winning attorneys at ABC Law Centers have been practicing birth injury law for decades. We have represented Ann Arbor families with children suffering from a variety of serious and permanent cognitive, physical, and behavioral disorders stemming from birth injury.
We have helped children in Ann Arbor and throughout the country obtain compensation for lifelong treatment, therapy, and a secure future. Our birth injury firm has secured numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements that attest to our success, and we will never charge you a fee until we have won your case. We know how difficult these cases can be for everyone involved, and we always give personal attention to each child and family we represent.
Jesse Reiter, president of ABC Law Centers, has been focusing solely on birth injury cases since he began his legal career in 1987. His cases involve hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), cerebral palsy, neonatal brain damage, and a wide variety of other birth injuries, complications, and instances of medical malpractice. Partners Jesse Reiter and Rebecca Walsh are consistently recognized in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Lawyers in America” publication, and our firm is also recognized in their “Best Law Firms” publication.
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One of our five-star client reviews:
“My experience with Jesse Reiter and his staff was amazing. I had been to 2 different law firms regarding my son and was told there was no case. I heard about Jesse and his firm from a newspaper article and thought I would give it another shot. Within 30 minutes of talking with Jesse while he was going over my son’s hospital reports, he told me the[re] was definitely a case. Jesse and his staff never made me wonder what was ‘happening with the case,’ they always filled me in on everything. I felt included. Any questions that I had were answered very quickly. Jesse and his team [became like] an extended family to us. I will forever be grateful for the hard work, dedication and the fight they fought for my son.” ~Wendy Keane
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