Getting an Attorney for Birth Injury Medical Malpractice Cases
Selecting a lawyer to handle any type of Chicago medical malpractice case is no easy task. First, the lawyer should have a long track record of success both in (jury trials) and out (successful settlements) of the courtroom, specifically with medical malpractice cases. If the lawyer doesn’t have many years of experience in handling malpractice cases, specifically involving birth injuries, I don’t care how talented or likable he is, you will be behind the eight balls from the start and throughout the investigation and litigation of the case, which will likely take years to reach a conclusion.
Another HUGE consideration should be if the lawyer has the proper resources to handle a medical malpractice case. What do I mean by resources? For starters, I mean money, a lot of money to fund a medical malpractice case involving birth injuries. I mean connections to the best experts… who cost a lot of money. Since medical malpractice lawyers generally fund the out-of-pocket costs in a medical malpractice case, it is important that they have a lot of money to properly fund it. Medical malpractice cases should not be done on the cheap. The medical malpractice defense bar spares no resources in defending medical malpractice cases and neither should your lawyer.
As an example of a well-funded medical malpractice case, my firm is currently handling a medical malpractice matter involving a birth injury. A child was seriously and permanently injured during the birthing process. We filed the case against the appropriate healthcare professionals and have taken numerous depositions, primarily of doctors and nurses. We recently disclosed our experts which consist of the following: an anesthesiologist, a pediatrician with a specialty in neonatal and perinatal medicine, a pediatrician with specialties in pediatric neurology and epilepsy, an OB/GYN with a specialty in maternal-fetal medicine, a registered nurse certified in obstetrical nursing and electronic fetal monitoring and a certified life care planner. As you can see, these experts, all top-notch, cost a ton of money, and this is just one medical malpractice case.
It’s normal for a law firm that handles medical malpractice cases to incur $50,000 to $500,000 in out-of-pocket costs to properly fund a medical malpractice case. Additionally, these cases often take 2-5 years to litigate. Very rarely does a medical malpractice case settle easily and quickly. In choosing a medical malpractice lawyer to handle your case or the case of a loved one, keep in mind that you want a lawyer with both significant experience and significant resources. While there are other variables that matter, these two things must not be overlooked.