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Preparing for a Birth Injury Consultation

Learn how to prepare for a birth injury legal consultation at The Colleran Firm, including questions to ask a birth injury lawyer

At The Colleran Firm, we know how devastating it can be to learn that your child’s birth injury or trauma could have been prevented. Birth injuries take many forms, and they can have lifelong consequences for your child and your family. In numerous cases, birth injuries result from a healthcare professional’s medical negligence. Your doctor has a duty to exercise a certain level of care during prenatal visits and during delivery. When a birth injury happens as a result of medical negligence, you may be able to file a birth injury lawsuit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), birth defects and birth injuries are much more common than most of us would like to believe.

New parents should not have to contend with the anguish and difficulties associated with a baby’s birth injury. Yet when a birth injury is caused by medical negligence, we believe that the parents deserve to seek compensation by filing a medical malpractice claim. A dedicated Philadelphia birth injury lawyer can discuss your options with you during a free birth injury consultation.

What to Bring to Your Birth Injury Legal Consultation

After you have scheduled a birth injury legal consultation, you might be wondering what types of documentation or other materials you should bring with you when you meet with an attorney. If you believe that your infant sustained a birth injury as a result of medical malpractice, your birth injury attorney will need to gather detailed information about your specific situation. While some of the information needed may seem obvious, you might wish to spend some time gathering other types of documentation before meeting with your lawyer.

At The Colleran Firm, we recommend bringing the following documentation with you for your first birth injury consultation:

  • Your contact information, including your child’s name, names of both parents, and personal contact information (phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and physical mailing addresses) for both parents;
  • Your obstetrician’s name and contact information;
  • Contact information for the facility where you delivered your baby;
  • Medical documentation concerning your labor and delivery, including information about whether you had a vaginal delivery or a C-section;
  • Documentation of your prenatal care and doctor’s visits;
  • Your child’s vital statistics at birth, including weight;
  • Information about your baby’s current condition; and
  • Prior medical history of the mother, including any medications taken during or after pregnancy.

Questions About Your Birth Trauma That Your Lawyer May Ask

In addition to such documentation, you should ask yourself a number of questions before meeting with your birth injury lawyer and come prepared to answer them.

Before your initial consultation, be sure that you can answer the following questions:

  • Was the baby or the mother injured during pregnancy or birth?
  • Did you have particular health concerns during your pregnancy (especially your prenatal visits), and did you share those concerns with your ob-gyn?
  • Did you have particular health concerns during labor and delivery, and did you voice those concerns to your doctor?
  • Do you think your obstetrician was negligent, and if so, why?
  • What are your biggest concerns for your child’s future health and well-being?
  • What are your child’s most pressing needs, and what medical needs do you anticipate your child having in the future?
  • What are your most significant concerns about filing a birth injury claim?
  • Have you discussed your case with another lawyer?

At The Colleran Law Firm, we are dedicated to providing personalized service to every client, and our experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys are dedicated to helping new parents seek compensation when a doctor’s negligence results in a birth injury.

Questions to Ask a Birth Injury Lawyer

When you meet with a birth injury lawyer for a free consultation, you will be able to ask significant questions that can help you decide how to move forward with your case. It is important to think about questions you would like to ask in advance of your visit.

Some of the following inquiries will be valuable as you consider filing a birth injury claim:

  • Do the Philadelphia injury lawyers at your firm have experience in medical negligence litigation?
  • How long has your firm been focusing on birth trauma claims?
  • Does the lawyer who would be working on my case have reviews from clients concerning successful medical malpractice litigation?
  • What is the firm’s record of success when it comes to birth injury lawsuits and medical malpractice cases?
  • Does your firm offer a free consultation for birth injury cases?
  • Will I be able to speak directly with an experienced injury lawyer at your firm?
  • What kinds of fees do you charge for birth injury litigation?
  • If I cannot afford to pay a lawyer up front, does your firm work on a contingency basis?
  • How can we prove that my obstetrician was negligent during delivery?
  • What are the elements of a successful birth injury claim? And is my case likely to be successful?
  • Do I need to be concerned about a statute of limitations that could prevent me from filing my claim?
  • What kinds of damages could I be eligible for if we win my case?
  • What is involved in filing a birth trauma claim? What steps will I need to take?
  • How long will it take from an initial consultation to a birth injury settlement or verdict?

How Can I Afford to File a Birth Injury Lawsuit?

If you recently went through labor and delivery only to learn that your infant sustained a preventable birth injury, you may be wondering how you can afford to file a lawsuit. When your baby suffers a serious birth injury because of a delayed C-section or another kind of medical mistake, you may not be focusing at first on the importance of acting quickly to file a claim. It is important to know that we believe victims of medical malpractice should not have to pay up front for the costs of filing a birth injury lawsuit. Most victims of medical negligence would not be able to afford to file a claim if they had to supply the fees at the start of litigation.

Medical malpractice cases can be expensive given that they usually involve hiring at least one medical expert in addition to an experienced attorney. Yet at The Colleran Firm, we believe that families dealing with birth injuries should not have to pay anything out of pocket to seek justice. Our compassionate Philadelphia medical negligence lawyers take birth injury claims on a contingency fee basis. In other words, we will only receive pay attorneys’ fees if we obtain money for you. The fee will be an agreed-upon percentage of the damages we are able to recover for you and your family.

Contact an Experienced Birth Injury Attorney Serving Pennsylvania and New Jersey

If your child recently suffered a birth injury, an experienced Pennsylvania birth injury attorney can help. Contact The Colleran Firm to learn more about our services.

The attorneys at The Colleran Firm handle serious injury cases caused by health care provider negligence and medical malpractice in Pennsylvania & New Jersey.

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Phone: 215-972-8000