Reasons Why to Hire an Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer Over Just Any Type of Personal Injury Lawyer
When you have a leak in your roof, you do not call an electrician. While an electrician probably has the handy ability to repair the damage, you need a roofer. The same is true with an Oregon birth injury case. When your newborn or young child has suffered serious personal injuries due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, you need to hire an Oregon birth injury lawyer. You need someone who focuses on these types of cases. A birth injury case or Oregon medical malpractice case is not like a regular personal injury case. It requires special attention and experience to ensure that your loved one’s rights are protected.
This is because insurance companies know how catastrophic most birth injury cases can be. The compensatory damages can be very significant. Under Oregon law, victims of Oregon birth injuries and their families may be entitled to various types of compensation include the following:
- Pain and suffering, the largest component being future pain and suffering for the life expectancy of the child
- Medical bills, which can be massive if a child has to be in the NICU for any period of time
- Nursing care and treatment, especially if a family will need around the clock or constant nursing care, or once the child become and adult a nursing home or assisted living facility is necessary
- Lost future earnings, which is very tricky because a baby obviously has no income but there are estimates and ways to calculate lost income even if it is just based on minimum wage for the life of a child
- Loss of affection from family members
- Future medication costs
- Future surgery costs
- Need for medical equipment like braces and devices for walking
- Home or vehicle modifications
- Costs for a guardian once natural guardians are no longer able to do it, and
- Many other costs associated with the care.
Why Hire an Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer Over an Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
The real question becomes why should you hire a birth injury lawyer over a medical malpractice lawyer. That sounds like one in the same, but you might be surprised to realize that a car accident lawyer and a truck accident lawyer are different too. This is because a birth injury lawyer deals with special issues that come up more common or exclusively in birth injury cases. For instance, medical malpractice lawyers often do not need to calculate the future lost earnings when there are no earnings available. This means they are not familiar with this type of investigation and may not have experts to help calculate these damages. Some medical malpractice lawyers may not even know if this is possible.
Additionally, pediatrics is very different than adult medicine. This is particularly true of the medical experts. A family needs to ensure that their loved one has an Oregon birth injury lawyer with industry-leading and proven experts. A birth injury lawyer is going to know who those experts are, and who those experts are not. This is because a birth injury lawyer may have used or been against that expert before and knows who is good and who is not—a medical malpractice lawyer may not have this experience.
In addition, you want a lawyer who has handled the same types of cases. Recall, in a medical malpractice case your lawyer most know the law better than the other lawyers and the medicine better than the other doctors and experts. If you have a lawyer doing a birth injury case for the first time, that may be harder to do. Whereas if you have an Oregon birth injury lawyer doing the same type of case for the fifth, tenth, hundredth time, that will really prepare the lawyer with a stronger foundation of experience.
This is why you need to really get an Oregon birth injury lawyer over a medical malpractice lawyer. Experience matters when your loved one’s future is on the line.
Common Types of Oregon Birth Injury Cases Our Lawyer Handles
There are so many different types of cases that our Oregon birth injury lawyer may handle for clients. All of these types of cases have unique issues that must be addressed by your attorney because the defense team will have nearly endless money from insurance companies to defend dangerous doctors. This is a really tough and horrible thing for a young child who was recklessly or careless harmed.
The most common types of Oregon birth injury causes that our lawyer may be able to handle for you include the following:
- Brachial plexus nerve injury cases
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy cases
- Cerebral palsy
- Bacterial meningitis
- Lacerations or injuries from birth
- Brain injuries
- Organ injuries
- Medication overdoses, and
- Many other possible cases of Oregon birth injuries to infants.
Was Your Loved One Harmed by a Negligent Healthcare Provider? Ask Our Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer for Help
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles, St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.
We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.
Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.