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I called Matt after several people recommended him. He was very kind and did a very good job on my son’s case. We are very thankful for the work he did. Most importantly, he was never hard to reach and answered every question we had while going through the process. Matt is the only attorney I will ever call in the future.
My husband is a cyclist that did not fair well against an SUV recently. Matt and his team took phenomenal care of us, allowing us not to stress out (too much) about the little things. Matt and his team handled everything with professionalism. We know we made the right call.
So glad I hired this firm after my rearend car accident. Matt embodies the skill set and values I was looking for. He treats every case like a mini war, and was a zealous advocate on my behalf. And he did so in the most competent and skillful manner. He listened, was empathetic and understood my legal and nonlegal problems.
My 85-year old mom was in a motor vehicle accident with an uninsured motorist. His love, thoroughness and commitment to her case helped us through this accident and her cancer treatment. She underwent successful lobectomy and chemotherapy and is doing exceptionally well. We are immensely grateful.
It was important to me to get the maximum money I could for my broken neck and arm. After getting jerked around for months by State Farm, I interviewed several firms and chose Mr. Wetherington. I’m glad I did. He forced the insurance company to pay twenty times their last offer to me.
It is an honor to share my experience with Mr. Wetherington. He was able to get answers about what happened in my son’s wreck that other attorney’s were not able to do. I am so thankful for the work that he did and he was very thorough in his explanation of why the vehicle had a “defect.”
My case did not settle. The person that hit me only had minimal policy limits. Fortunately, I had my own insurance, which should have provided more money. My insurance company, Allstate, treated me like garbage. We had to sue them and go all the way to trial, which we won.
- Jane Doe
Matt Wetherington is the attorney who is suing the booting companies. We need to do everything we can as a community to help him succeed. God bless you, Mr. Wetherington!
The best! Great people and always friendly.
Georgia Birth Injury Lawyers
Birth injuries arise from events that cause harm to the baby or mother during or immediately after labor and delivery. Whatever the cause, families dealing with birth injuries face emotional and challenging times. While some newborns make full recoveries after mild trauma, serious injuries may cause life-long disabilities requiring medical treatment, loss of wages, and emotional suffering. If you are ready to get started, complete our Medical Malpractice / Birth Injury intake form. To learn more about our firm and how we litigate birth injury lawsuits, read on.
Birth Injury Claims
Although advances in medical care have made birth injuries less common, they are still devastating for families who experience them. When negligence or malpractice leads to newborns suffering injury, the doctor, hospital, or medical professionals involved can and should be held accountable, so other families do not experience the same pain.
In cases where the birth injury was preventable, mother and baby are eligible for compensation. Both are entitled to all necessary medical costs, including any future medical treatment to ensure the baby receives the care and support they may need. Mothers are also eligible for the loss of wages resulting from birth injury. In some cases, the father can also recover for loss of consortium.
Sometimes the effects of a birth injury may not develop immediately. The state of Georgia allows for 2 years to file a claim against a doctor for medical malpractice. For birth injuries, the statute of limitations does not begin until a child’s 5th birthday. At the Wetherington Law Firm, we seek to ensure families get the resources to pay for necessary costs and allow you to focus on giving your newborn the time and care to maximize their chances of a full recovery.
Birth Injuries Claims we Accept
Newborns and their mothers may suffer serious injuries when hospital officials fail to act or notice changes in condition, delay in ordering treatment or specialists, or use instruments such as forceps or suction improperly during the birth. Some of the most common birth injuries include:
- Bleeding in the newborn’s brain
- Bone fractures
- Cerebral palsy
- Loss of oxygen
- Nerve damage leading to paralysis
- Spinal cord injury
- Erb’s or Klumpke’s Paralysis from Brachial Plexus
- Internal bleeding
Brain injuries may result from oxygen deprivation or improper use of birth-assisting tools. Cephalohematoma, bleeding underneath the cranium, is one example of a brain injury which can result in jaundice, anemia and hypotension. Other times, brain injury can develop into chronic seizures or cerebral palsy, neurological conditions which may require mobility aids and help from medical professionals throughout a child’s life. Nerve damage from birth injuries sustained when guiding out a newborn can result in facial nerve palsy when too much pressure is on the head or Erb’s palsy from damage to the brachial plexus, nerves connecting the arm and hand to the brain. Newborns may recover from these forms of paralysis within a few months of birth; however, some children need lifelong medical care and therapy. Clavicle fractures are one of the most common seen during delivery of a baby when infants are pulled on too hard. Internal bleeding in the brain or other body organs can lead to long-term physical or cognitive disabilities. It is important to contact someone who can help determine what future needs a child suffering from birth injury may have.
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?
Birth injury can occur because medical professionals make mistakes or fail to provide a “medical standard of care”. The “Medical Standard of Care” is defined as the type and level of care a reasonably competent health care professional, with the same training and experience, would provide in the same medical community and under the circumstances that led to the alleged negligence or malpractice. You can read much more about our medical malpractice work here.
Why Hire an Atlanta Birth Injury Lawyer?
Birth injury claims can be complex and expensive to litigate. At the Wetherington Law Firm, we perform extensive investigation into your case to determine who can be held responsible and what the exact circumstances that led to the birth injury were. If the hospital or medical professionals are at-fault for the injury suffered by your child, we work with medical experts to help prove failure to provide a reasonable level of care and pursue the claims to provide your family the financial security and long-term private, professional care you need to raise your child.
How to Hire the Best Birth Injury Lawyers in Atlanta
Hiring a birth injury lawyer is one of the most important financial decisions you can ever make. There are a number of attorneys who hold themselves out as “experts” who have never tried a case or even settled a case involving medical malpractice. It is important that you ask any prospective attorney about his or her experience with medical malpractice lawsuits, specifically with regard to the medical specialty at issue in your case.
Call or email us today for a free consultation. If we accept your case, it will be on contingency. That means that you do not pay anything up front and only pay us if we win your case. If we do not accept your case, we will help you find a lawyer who can. We generally only accept cases involving significant injuries. However, we know many good medical malpractice attorneys and will make sure that you do not have to search around for someone to accept your case.