Birth Trauma Defense

Obstetrical negligence claims are among the most complex medical cases to litigate. The strongest defense is grounded in a depth of specialized knowledge and broad experience. The extensive body of medical literature involving the peripartum period is constantly growing and staying up-to-date with the research is essential to a top quality defense.

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Multiple national organizations, such as ACOG, AWHONN and AAP, regularly publish and update guidelines that may be implicated in the defense of these cases. Effective representation in birth trauma cases requires not only familiarity with obstetrics and obstetrical nursing but also an understanding of interrelated aspects of neonatology, placental pathology, neurology, genetics and neuroradiology. While it is easy to recognize the potential economic impact of being sued for alleged birth trauma, the emotional toll these suits can exact from defendants is often overlooked. Counsel with first-hand familiarity with the realities of clinical practice and experience shepherding defendants through the process can be an invaluable asset in minimizing this stress and maximizing the defendant’s ability to effectively participate in a vigorous defense.

With one of the most experienced medical malpractice defense groups in Chicago, HSPRD brings extensive organizational resources to the defense of birth trauma cases and risk management consultations to help reduce litigation exposure arising from obstetrical services.

Donna Socol, a founding member of HSPRD, has more than 35 years of litigation experience defending medical providers. She has tried more than 50 cases to verdict, including several high-exposure birth trauma cases. Donna is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is recognized as a Leading Lawyer in medical malpractice defense.

The HSPRD birth trauma defense attorneys offers services including:

  • Lead defense counsel

  • Consultation services for local counsel

  • Witness preparation

  • Expert retention, review and preparation

  • Developing cross-examination of plaintiff’s expert

  • Literature review

  • Fetal monitor tracing interpretation

  • Defense strategy

  • Assessing verdict exposure and settlement value

  • Assisting with mediation

  • Risk management services

The best defense against any birth trauma litigation is preemptive and our combined legal and obstetrical experience can serve as a practical risk-management resource. We can assist with evaluating policies and procedures, reviewing or drafting consent documents, assisting in the development of template notes and orders for electronic medical record systems and providing staff education.