Birth Injury Malpractice Lawyers
We are a coalition of personal injury lawyers dedicated to improving the lives of children who were harmed by the careless mistakes of doctors, obstetricians and nurses. But more than that, our attorneys are committed to securing the compensation that can set families on a firm footing for years to come.
Together, our birth injury attorneys represent more than four decades of trusted legal experience. We’ve stood up to major insurance companies, multinational pharmaceutical conglomerates, huge hospitals and individual doctors – all in the name of justice for injured children.
Michael Monheit, Esq.
Managing Partner at Pennsylvania’s Monheit Law, Michael Monheit has been representing injured clients for more than 25 years.
Much of Michael’s legal career has been devoted to fighting for the rights of children. From advocating for the victims of lead paint to representing birth defect survivors in mass tort pharmaceutical litigations, Michael’s career is distinguished by his dedication to kids.
Michael puts a special emphasis on compassion and respect – values you’ll find wanting in many personal injury lawyers. Birth injury cases are often highly sensitive, involving intimate personal and medical issues, to say nothing about the health and well-being of your child. That’s why Michael strives to treat every client as an individual. He’s always put his clients first, and now he’s ready to put your child first.
Michael is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania. The father of a child with developmental delay and special needs, he is a member of the American Association of Justice. Michael currently sits on the board for The Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation of Smiles.
Laurence Banville, Esq.
Laurence Banville has committed his legal career to providing experienced counsel for people who are usually left out of the legal process. Taking a down-to-earth approach, Laurence hopes to break the barrier that too often stands between injured people and the justice they deserve.
After leaving his native Ireland for the United States, with a law degree and President’s Honors in hand, Mr. Banville spent several years defending asbestos manufacturers and their insurance companies in personal injury lawsuits.
Laurence soon struck out on his own, founding Banville Law, a personal injury firm based in New York City. But his valuable early experience, gained on the “other side” of the aisle, still informs his practice today, and fuels his devotion to representing injured clients.
The Medical Malpractice Team You Can Trust
Parenting is one of life’s highest rewards, and raising a happy, healthy family one of it’s greatest achievements. This can be no truer than for families who are raising a child with disabilities. Whether those disabilities are physical, cognitive or emotional, meeting the needs of your child can be a challenge.
We’re no strangers to the significant financial struggles that many families face after a child’s injury during pregnancy, labor or delivery.
Many children are left with severe impairments and require life-long care, counseling and therapy. Permanent disability is a serious possibility, and some children will never be able to support themselves. Anxieties over family finances are never far behind. But if you believe that a doctor’s negligence contributed to your child’s condition, you shouldn’t have to worry about the qualifications of your birth injury attorney.
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Experienced Advocates Who Have Your Back
Your medical malpractice case is in good hands. Birth injury is a particularly complex type of litigation, and for the best chance at success, your family deserves an advocate focused on this type of case.
But we think that your medical negligence case deserves an even stronger foundation. Personal injury lawsuits, especially ones involving the mistakes of doctors, obstetricians and nurses, are won – or lost – based on the quality, reliability and attention to detail of expert medical witnesses.
Our birth injury malpractice attorneys work closely with a team of seasoned healthcare professionals, medical experts who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields and helped us prove negligence in case after case.
That’s experience you can trust.
Emotional Support – Found
All too often, we hear from families who have been ignored, or dismissed, by the very medical professionals in whom they placed their trust. We’ll never do that. We answer calls, and encourage client-attorney relationships that go beyond the professional. This emphasis on open communication isn’t just a sign of our dedication to clients. It’s the only way to pursue true justice.
Hospitals and physicians often seem particularly callous, especially when finding out exactly what happened inside the delivery room is so crucial. You shouldn’t be left in the dark about what was done – or not done – during your child’s delivery. Our attorneys fight every day to secure this necessary information, details that often confirm what many parents know intuitively: someone made a critical mistake.
When Is A Mistake Medical Malpractice?
Pregnancy, labor and delivery are complicated. That’s why every childbirth deserves the highest level of medical expertise. But the complexity of medical practice, along with the intricacies of human development, can make it difficult to distinguish between injuries that are the result of true negligence and those that arise due to a birth defect.
As just one example, neurological disorders like cerebral palsy can be caused by birth asphyxia, often a result of medical negligence. But cerebral palsy can also be caused by congenital abnormalities, genetic mutations over which healthcare professionals have no control.
While these conditions challenge families emotionally, and certainly put a strain on the finances, they may not always be grounds for a viable medical malpractice lawsuit. Legal action becomes possible when a child’s condition is due to medical negligence, like a doctor or obstetrician’s mistake in the delivery room, rather than a child’s inherent genetic makeup.
As experienced birth injury attorneys, we’re confident in our ability to distinguish between routine complications of childbirth and significant instances of negligence. Our experienced lawyers will scour the medical records, compiling extensive documentation on prenatal diagnostic tests and fetal monitoring results to identify probable instances of negligence. At the end of the day, our work is about finding the truth.
Does My Family Have A Birth Injury Case?
Until we review your family’s situation thoroughly, there’s no way for us to know whether or not your child’s injuries were the result of a doctor’s negligence. But here’s a list of some of the most common birth injuries we handle, many of which are caused by malpractice:
- Birth asphyxia, in which a child’s body is starved for oxygen during or after delivery, and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, a shockingly common cause of brain damage
- Brachial plexus injuries, like Erb’s Palsy, in which pulling or tugging during delivery harms the bundle of nerves connecting a child’s spine to their arm
- Traumatic injuries sustained during forceps or vacuum-assisted deliveries
- Cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects body movements, coordination and balance
- Jaundice and kernicterus, two associated conditions caused by elevated levels of bilirubin, the yellowish pigment that gives bile its color
- Failures to order a caesarean section at the appropriate time, along with injuries sustained during a c-section
No matter how devastating the consequences, some birth injuries just aren’t the result of medical malpractice. But when outright incompetence injures children, families shouldn’t be left to pick up the pieces alone. Failures to comply with necessary medical standards aren’t just regrettable; they demand justice.
Will Hiring A Birth Injury Attorney Be Expensive?
No family should be prevented from discovering the truth due to financial constraints. In recent years, we’ve heard about medical malpractice attorneys charging exorbitant fees – just for case evaluations. You shouldn’t have to pay to be heard, and we won’t make you.
Our birth injury attorneys offer free consultations to any parent who believes that a doctor’s negligence may have contributed to their child’s injuries. Just call and you can speak to an experienced, compassionate lawyer about your case – free of charge and at no obligation.
Better yet, our malpractice attorneys always work on a contingency-fee basis. That means you don’t owe us anything unless we can secure compensation – either through a jury verdict or settlement agreement – in your favor.