Finding the Right Michigan HIE Lawyer for Your Birth Injury Case
How Do I Find the Right HIE Lawyer for My Birth Injury Case?
The birth injury attorneys and professionals at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers understand how complicated it can be to process and understand a diagnosis of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)—even the term itself is complex. Upon such a complicated birth injury diagnosis, many parents wonder how they will ever find the right attorney for their child’s hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) case.
Throughout this page, our highly-experienced and focused team of Michigan HIE attorneys will walk you through some advice and guidelines to keep in mind when searching for your Michigan HIE attorney. We’ll cover some of the basic characteristics and attributes you should be on the lookout for, including specific legal focus, medical knowledge, reputation, interpersonal skills, firm practices, and more.
Should you have any questions, concerns, or case inquiries as you read through the following guidelines, you may reach out to our legal team. Our attorneys can provide you with a free legal consultation. You may call the law offices of Reiter & Walsh toll-free at 888-419-2229, email our team, press the Live Chat tab on your browser screen, or complete this online contact form. We are available to speak with you 24/7.
10 Tips: Finding the Right Michigan HIE Attorney for your Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Case
1. Make Sure Your Prospective Attorney and Law Firm Specifically Handle HIE and Birth Injury Cases
Because birth injury and HIE cases are so specific and complex, it’s critical that you find both an attorney and a law firm that specifically work on cases related to pregnancy, newborns, and birth injury. Finding a lawyer with a specific focus on HIE and birth injury will ensure that he or she has the extensive legal and medical knowledge necessary to fully understand and win your case.
When searching for a Michigan HIE attorney, you’ll often find that a number of attorneys advertise that they handle birth injury cases. In reality, most don’t handle HIE and birth injury cases. You should be able to ask your prospective attorney exactly what portion of his or her cases are birth injury and HIE cases—if the attorney cannot give you a clear answer or if s/he only handles some birth injury cases, you should consider continuing your search for the right attorney.
The HIE attorneys with the best experience and skill will only advertise for birth injury legal services. If your prospective attorney’s website lists services for auto cases, dog bites, or other unrelated legal services, s/he may not be able to provide you with the depth of skill, experience, and knowledge you’ll need to earn the most from your birth injury and/or HIE case.
Additionally, make sure your prospective HIE attorney has handled hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy cases related to the relevant obstetrical complications. For instance, if your loved one’s HIE diagnosis resulted from a nuchal cord and delayed emergency C-section, make sure your attorney has handled those particular circumstances in a previous case. Your loved one’s birth injury is undoubtedly specific, and your HIE attorney should accordingly have precise and extensive knowledge.
2. Make Sure Your Prospective Attorney is Experienced
Your prospective attorney should have information about his or her background and professional experience on the firm’s website. Before hiring a Michigan HIE attorney, make sure you review his or her qualifications, degrees, past cases, verdicts and settlements, publications, lectures, accomplishments, awards, and years of practice. Below are some specific questions you may want to ask:
- How long has your attorney been practicing?
- What kind of cases does your attorney handle?
- Does your attorney win consistently?
- Does your attorney take challenging cases?
Attorneys with more experience in the field of birth injury litigation will have the greatest knowledge and tools to win your HIE case.
3. Read About Your Prospective Birth Injury Attorney’s Credentials and Accomplishments
As you research your prospective attorney’s level of experience, make sure you find their credentials and accomplishments. You should be able to find a list of your prospective HIE attorney’s awards, memberships, and accomplishments on the firm website. Learn as much as you can about these awards and memberships, and compare your prospective attorney’s accomplishments with those of another attorney’s.
Some prestigious awards and memberships include involvement in, ratings by, and reviews from:
- Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG)
- Avvo 10.0 Rating
- The Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ)
- The American Association for Justice (AAJ)
- Best Lawyers
- Super Lawyers
- The Best Lawyers in America
- Leading Lawyers Network
- The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
4. Does Your Attorney Assume Positions of Leadership?
Membership in prestigious groups (such as the Birth Trauma Litigation Group, MAJ, and AAJ) is a critical aspect to seek in a Michigan HIE attorney or birth injury lawyer. Furthermore, your prospective Michigan HIE attorney should be actively involved in leadership positions offered through these groups and associations. When reading about your birth injury attorney, check to see if he or she has held leadership positions, such as Chair, President, Vice President, Speaker, and Co-Chair.
5. Make Sure Your Attorney Has Birth Trauma Verdicts and Settlements
Your prospective HIE attorney’s website should have a page listing information about past cases, verdicts, and settlements. We encourage you to read about their past cases and determine whether or not they specifically and exclusively handle birth injury, birth trauma, and HIE cases. If the verdicts and settlements were unrelated to these areas, you will want to find an attorney with experience handling cases like yours. Many attorneys will advertise for HIE and birth injury legal services without ever handling these cases. One of the best ways to learn about their practice areas is to read about their specific verdicts and settlements.
6. Learn About Your Attorney’s Personality and Interpersonal Skills
You will undoubtedly spend quite a bit of time with your Michigan HIE attorney throughout the litigation process. Make sure you get along with your prospective attorney, respect his or her personality traits and attitude, and feel confident in your relationship. We encourage you to specifically ask how your prospective Michigan HIE attorney plans to communicate legal information to you throughout the case. This will ensure you’re never left in the dark. Birth injury and HIE cases are often long, complicated, and emotionally challenging—you’ll not only want a successful attorney, but one who is empathetic, comforting, passionate, and communicative.
7. Make Sure Your Law Firm Employs An In-House Labor and Delivery Nurse
Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) cases are legally and medically complex. Before choosing a Michigan HIE attorney to represent your loved one, make sure that s/he works at a law firm that employs a full-time, in-house labor and delivery nurse. This in-house registered nurse will bring valuable new perspectives, experience, knowledge, and insight into cases involving birth injury, fetal oxygen deprivation, and infant brain damage.
For instance, Reiter & Walsh’s in-house labor and delivery nurse Andrea Shea reviews medical records, fetal monitoring information, and other critical medical information. She attends important industry events, stays up to date with new scientific findings, and brings a unique expertise to our legal team. It is great when a law firm works with medical consultants outside the office, but it is important to find a law firm that employs a full-time obstetrical nurse specialist in-house.
8. Ask About Your Attorney’s Professional Network
For a lawyer in a highly-specialized field, having a strong network of professional contacts is critical. Make sure your prospective Michigan HIE attorney is a member of important legal groups including the Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG), American Association for Justice (AAJ), and specific state attorney groups (such as the Michigan Association for Justice or MAJ). Attorneys in these prestigious groups have access to important new research, educational practices, and other legal resources. For instance, the BTLG only accepts the most established, leading attorneys in the field of birth trauma. Active BTLG members have access to important information, professional contacts, and legal services.
9. Investigate Your Attorney’s Reputation
Before hiring an HIE attorney for your hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy case, make sure s/he has a stellar reputation from clients and other legal professionals. You can learn more about your prospective attorney’s reputation by reading client testimonials and looking up his or her awards and memberships. Your prospective attorney’s website should have a clear link to testimonials, verdicts, and settlements. Don’t hesitate to ask your prospective Michigan HIE attorney for access to client testimonials—they are a great way to learn about the attorney’s legal success, personality, and reputation. Additionally, online review companies such as AVVO will list unbiased information about your prospective attorney’s ethics, behavior, personality, and reviews.
10. Ask About Your Prospective Birth Injury Law Firm’s Specific Referral and Payment Policies
There are a few technical safeguards about firm policy to consider before hiring a birth injury or Michigan HIE attorney.
- Payment Policies: You’ll want to specifically ask about how your attorney plans to charge you. Make sure that your attorney will not charge you until s/he wins or settles your case.
- In-House Legal Services: It is important that you avoid hiring an attorney from a law firm that will refer your case to a different law firm. This is a common occurrence in the field of birth injury law because so few attorneys specifically handle birth trauma, birth injury, and HIE cases. Many firms advertise for birth trauma and HIE services, but there are only a few firms that actually handle these cases. Many firms handle other personal injury cases, but advertise for birth trauma services so they can refer to other firms and receive a referral fee. If your case falls into the hands of a referral law firm, you will likely have a less personal, less reliable relationship with the HIE attorney who ultimately handles your case. These referral firms also end up taking a large portion of the final settlement.
We encourage you to ask your prospective HIE attorney explicitly about both of these firm policy details.
Find a Michigan HIE Attorney | Legal Help for Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy Cases
Choosing the right Michigan HIE attorney is the first step towards a life of well-being, rehabilitation, and equal opportunity for your injured loved one. By following these guidelines, we hope you find an HIE lawyer with the compassion, extensive knowledge, and experience to not only win your case, but to make the legal process a time of comfort, empowerment, and ease.
At Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers, our passionate and highly experienced Michigan HIE attorneys fight tirelessly for children harmed by medical malpractice every day. We focus exclusively on birth injury cases and have the specific knowledge necessary to win cases related to hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).
Our Detroit, Michigan legal team will provide you with a free HIE case review in order to answer your legal questions and inform you of your legal options. We encourage you to contact us in whichever way suits your needs:
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Additional Reading on Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
- Our HIE Cases, Verdicts and Settlements
- About our Michigan HIE Attorneys: Attorney Bios
- HIE Help Center™ | Legal, Medical and Resource Information on Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
- Hypothermia Treatment for Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
- Birth Injury Glossary