The birth of a child is one of the most exciting moments for parents. But this excitement can be coupled with confusion and sadness if the baby suffers a birth injury, which is an injury that occurs during or near the time of delivery. When a birth injury occurs, a baby may sustain brain damage and develop cerebral palsy. When a diagnosis of cerebral palsy is made, parents are often unsure of what to do next. They usually have many questions about the injury and their child’s future. If they suspect that medical malpractice occurred, one of these questions may be how to find a good attorney so that their child can obtain the compensation to which they are entitled.
What Should I Look for When Choosing a Cerebral Palsy Attorney?
- Make sure that a large percentage – if not all – of the firm’s cases are birth injury cases, and that a majority are cerebral palsy cases. More importantly, the attorney working for you should be an attorney who focuses exclusively on birth injury cases, with a major focus on helping those with cerebral palsy.
- The more experience your attorney has, the better. Birth injury cases are very complex, and substantial experience in this area is crucial. In addition to having better litigation skills in the relevant arena, an experienced birth injury attorney is likely to have better connections to medical experts who can assist in building a case.
- It is especially important that your attorney has experience with the specific medical problems that your child has, and that he or she has handled cases involving the same issues your child experienced. The attorney you choose should have a thorough understanding of the nature of your child’s injuries and successful case outcomes to back this up.
- Just because a firm advertises that it handles birth trauma cases doesn’t mean that it actually does. There are many so-called medical malpractice firms and “birth injury” and “cerebral palsy” attorneys that spend a lot of money on advertising so they can obtain a large number of cases. They then refer many or all of their cases to other firms and collect a percentage of the fees from the verdicts and settlements. When this occurs, the client suffers for a number of reasons, including a lack of personal interaction with the attorney handling the actual case. When an attorney doesn’t take the time to get to know the family and the child he or she is representing, the attorney won’t be able to fully understand the needs of the family as well as the current and lifelong needs of the child. It is even more troubling when one attorney claims to be very experienced in numerous fields, including everything from personal injury to car accidents to birth injury. Lawsuits are very time-consuming, and it is difficult to imagine that one attorney could have a lot of experience in so many areas.
- It is important that your attorney is recognized by the legal profession as being one of the best in his or her field.
- A good birth injury attorney will be a member of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG). The BTLG is a group of leaders in birth trauma law who share information and experience and develop educational programs for its members on birth trauma and medical negligence issues. Another important group is the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ), which is a very strong patient advocacy group. The MAJ works to shape laws that protect patients’ rights, and it is one of the nation’s strongest plaintiff organizations.
- Review the firm’s record of verdicts and settlements. More importantly, you should view your prospective attorney’s specific record.
- Ask the firm to give you client references. Speak with clients who can give you information regarding your prospective attorney’s skills and work ethic.
- Ask the attorney how much he or she will communicate with you during the litigation process and how involved you and your child will be.
- There are institutions that rate attorneys, such as AVVO and Martindale-Hubbell. You can look up your prospective attorney on the websites of these companies to see how he or she rates. The ratings include professional conduct and ethics. In addition, you may be able to review client and peer feedback about that attorney.
Help for Victims of Birth Injury
Jesse Reiter has been focusing exclusively on birth injury cases since the beginning of his career, and almost 90% of his clients are children with cerebral palsy. Jesse’s dedication is fueled by his desire to help his clients be as independent as possible. His devotion to each child has helped him secure tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for them. With the singular focus of birth injury litigation and his experience in the field, Jesse has the expertise to understand even the most complex birth injury cases. Jesse has exceptional trial and negotiation skills, and he has won numerous awards for his client advocacy.
He understands the needs of these children, and he takes the time to get to know each client and family, so he has a deep understanding of what the child needs for a robust future. Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition; Jesse works tirelessly to ensure that his clients have what they need for lifelong therapy, treatment, and a secure future. Once Jesse gets to know a family, he is there for them for life.
Jesse currently has the honor of being one of “The Best Lawyers in America,” an award he has received every year since 2008. Super Lawyers Magazine recently listed Jesse as being one of the 10 best attorneys in Michigan, as well as one of the 5 best Michigan Consumer Lawyers. In fact, Super Lawyers Magazine has recognized Jesse as being a top lawyer every year for the last 6 years. Jesse’s firm, Reiter & Walsh, P.C., is currently listed by U.S. News as one of the best firms in the country.
Jesse is a past Chair of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group, which is comprised of the top attorneys in birth trauma law. He also is the Chair of the Professional Negligence Section of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), which is one of the nation’s most powerful plaintiff groups, and he is past President of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (currently called the Michigan Association for Justice).
A compassionate and experienced birth injury attorney can help you and your family put the pieces of your life back together after the diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Jesse understands how overwhelming it can feel when you’re trying to understand the condition, plan the best treatment and therapy for your child, and manage your child’s medical bills. He makes sure that his clients understand every step of the legal process and all of the settlement options that may be available to them. Jesse and his team handle communication with the court, and all paperwork, research, and communications with the accused medical staff and hospitals. The litigation process can be very stressful, and it is important to have the support and expertise you can trust.
If your child was diagnosed with a permanent disability such as cerebral palsy, Jesse Reiter and his award-winning team can help. The lawyers at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers have helped hundreds of families obtain compensation for lifelong treatment, therapy, and a secure future for their children. We have numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements that attest to our success, and you never pay any money until we win your case. Email or call us at 888-419-2229 for a free case evaluation.
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