Medical Malpractice in the Delivery Room: Bringing or Defending Claims for Birth Trauma Injuries
Identifying Defendants, Proving or Challenging Causation, Leveraging Experts, Assessing Damages, Negotiating Settlements
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will examine current trends in medical malpractice lawsuits against obstetricians and related professionals for often encountered birth trauma injuries and offer practical strategies for handling these cases. The panel will discuss proper pleading and naming the correct defendants, proving or challenging causation and damages, working with expert witnesses to determine the appropriate standard of medical care and treatment, settlement strategies, and more.
- Evaluating birth trauma claims
- Locating all defendants
- Proving or challenging causation
- Selecting and working with experts
- Discovery considerations
- Assessing damages
- Settling claims
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What makes a good (or bad) medical malpractice claim?
- What are recoverable damages for the child and the parents?
- What are settlement considerations for the plaintiff and defendant?
- Is a structured settlement always best?
- Can Medicaid or other benefits be preserved?
Justin J. Hakala
Mr. Hakala is a Co-leader of Plunkett Cooney's Medical Litigation Practice Group who focuses his practice in the... | Read More
Mr. Hakala is a Co-leader of Plunkett Cooney's Medical Litigation Practice Group who focuses his practice in the areas of medical malpractice liability and life sciences defense, as well as product liability.
As a former plaintiff’s attorney, heknows how to win from both sides. Mr. Hakala brings an aggressive arsenal of tools to bear in each of his cases. He represents physicians, health systems and hospitals in health care litigation and claims of alleged professional liability in cases involving birth trauma, cardiac arrest, long term care, missed diagnoses and ophthalmology. Mr. Hakala has successfully served as first- and second-chair in numerous jury trials.
In addition, he also has experience with mass tort and sole plaintiff cases involving medical devices and other products. Mr. Hakala represents cutting edge life sciences and medical device companies in claims that have far-reaching implications on their technologies and businesses.
A partner in the firm's Bloomfield Hills office, Mr. Hakala has extensive experience with product liability claims. Notably, he is the author of the definitive Michigan subject matter treatise on the topic, titled: "Product Liability in Michigan."Close
Pope & Howard
Mr. Pope’s practice focuses on representing individuals, families and businesses in products liability, medical... | Read More
Mr. Pope’s practice focuses on representing individuals, families and businesses in products liability, medical negligence and general personal injury cases. Mr. Pope is a Past President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, has served as an adjunct professor of litigation at the Emory University Law School, and regularly lectures on a variety of topics at seminars for attorneys.Close