3 Factors to Consider when Choosing a Birth Injury Attorney
Legally Reviewed and Edited by: Terry Cochran
If your child has suffered an injury, you may be considering hiring a birth injury attorney to pursue a birth injury claim.
At Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. we understand your concern and the heartbreak of seeing your child suffer a birth injury. As a new parent, bringing a new baby home from the hospital is supposed to be one of the happiest and most memorable times in your life.
While working with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer won’t reverse the damage that has been inflicted, you can at least achieve peace of mind in knowing that you took the appropriate measures to seek justice for your child.
The following are just a few of the factors you should consider when choosing a birth injury attorney in Michigan to help you seek compensation for your claim.
1. Does the firm specialize in medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice law is vast and varied and, just as doctors specialize in different fields of medicine, lawyers specialize in pursuing cases in those different fields, as well.
While some medical malpractice lawyers specialize in cases that involve birth injuries, other attorneys may be more suited to work in different sectors, like misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, surgical errors, and even medical product liability. Each of these specializations requires a substantial amount of knowledge and experience in pursuing cases in that field.
Before retaining a birth injury attorney in Michigan, do your research to find out what their or their firm’s primary focus is. By choosing a firm that has a history of working with birth injury cases, you are ensuring that your lawyer possesses the extensive knowledge and experience required to help you win your case and achieve the compensation you and your child deserve.
2. How much experience do the attorneys have?
If you have determined that your lawyer has experience in pursuing birth injury claims, the next step is to determine just how much experience they have.
Just as you would when hiring any sort of employee to work for you, you’ll want to check out your prospective lawyer’s years of experience in working birth injury claims. The more time they’ve spent in the courtroom, the better the chance you win your claim.
More time in the courtroom obviously means more practice and experience in the claims process, but it also means that your lawyer has put in a substantial number of networking hours. More experienced birth injury lawyers are more familiar with the judges who will be examining your case, as well as the defending attorneys.
This gives them the ability to prepare and presuppose exactly which documents and pieces of evidence the other parties will require to consider your claim valid.
Be straightforward with a prospective medical malpractice lawyer when you go in for a consultation and ask them directly about the amount of experience they have as well as what steps they plan to take to ensure success.
As long as they can clearly explain to you what they have in mind, you can have hope they know how the system works. If they are fumbling or indecisive, you want to move on to someone else.
3. Has your birth injury attorney been successful in similar cases?
Finally, before settling on your birth injury lawyer in Michigan, ask about their previous record with cases like your own. Substantial experience in cases like yours won’t do you any good if the firm was unable to successfully pursue those cases.
A newer, less experienced attorney who hasn’t been very successful in front of the judge might be able to offer you a lower rate for their services, but in the case of birth injuries and well-being of your child, that is not a risk that you should take.
Having Eileen Kroll, a registered nurse and attorney with years of experience, on your side is essential in the fight for achieving the compensation your child deserves. For a free consultation call our firm toll free at 866-MICH-LAW.
Disclaimer : The information provided is general and not for legal advice. The blogs are not intended to provide legal counsel and no attorney-client relationship is created nor intended.