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Waterloo, Iowa Personal Injury Attorneys Fight for Children with Brain Injuries

Assisting families dealing with birth injuries

At Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C., we understand the fear and anger that come with learning that your baby was injured during birth. Our attorneys have significant experience dealing with birth injuries and medical malpractice, and we provide steadfast legal representation to help you deal with the repercussions. We seek compensation for any immediate and long-term medical care you or your child may need. We also provide quality defense strategies to hospitals or healthcare providers accused unfairly of medical negligence.

What is a brachial plexus injury?

A brachial plexus injury occurs when the network of nerves that sends signals from your spine to your shoulders, arms and hands is damaged. Brachial plexus injuries happen when the nerves are stretched, though in more serious cases, the nerves are actually torn. It occurs due to compression of the shoulder when the head is pushed up and away from it. Newborns sometimes suffer a brachial plexus injury during birth and may experience numbness in their arms. In more serious cases, they may not be able to use all or part of their arms, shoulders, hands or fingers. Serious brachial plexus injuries require surgery to repair the damage. Our personal injury attorneys can help you solve the legal challenges you face in securing your child’s future.

What are some common types of birth injuries?

There are many common types of injuries that can occur during childbirth, both to the baby and to the mother, such as:

  • Erb’s palsy: A paralysis that affects muscle sensation and motor control in a baby’s upper arm
  • Cerebral palsy: A disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that results from injury or abnormal development in a child’s brain. It typically occurs before birth.
  • Hypoxia: A lack of oxygen to the brain that can potentially be life-threatening
  • Shoulder dystocia: Damaged nerves, compression of the umbilical cord or other injury sustained when the baby’s shoulders become stuck against the bones of the mother’s pelvis during birth
  • Uterine rupture: A tear in the wall of the uterus that often occurs at the site of a previous cesarean section. In a full rupture, all the layers of the uterus are compromised, putting both the mother and the baby at serious risk.

How can birth injuries be caused?

Many pregnancy or birth-related injuries that occur to the mother or child are a consequence of chemical and/or physiological conditions present either before or during childbirth. Some conditions can be discovered ahead of time so complications can be prevented. Doctor error or negligence is the cause of many injuries. Our personal injury lawyers have distinguished reputations and knowledge that benefit you in seeking compensation and peace of mind in the event of a birth-related injury. We also provide top-quality defense against these types of claims when they are unwarranted.

What is the time limit for making a birth injury claim?

In Iowa, there is a statute of limitations that applies to birth injury lawsuits. This means that your right to seek compensation under a birth injury claim expires after a certain amount of time. This is why it is critical to seek the counsel of a competent attorney right away. Our medical malpractice lawyers help you.

Call our Waterloo birth injury attorneys for a free consultation

The financial, emotional and physical effects of a birth injury can be devastating. The lawyers at our Firm have served the Waterloo area for more than 60 years, and we can aggressively advocate for you, your child and your family.

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Waverly, Iowa Wrongful Death Attorneys Seek Compensation to Secure Your Family’s Future

Collaborating with survivors to plan the future

Dealing with a family member’s death is devastating in any circumstance. Families whose loved ones were taken by the wrongful actions of others deserve answers and, at a minimum, compensation for their lost loved one’s future earning potential and the loss of care and companionship. Money doesn’t bring a person back, but it can help families plan for tomorrow and give them a feeling that justice has been served to the extent our society allows. The compassionate attorneys at Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C. aggressively pursue compensation for your wrongful death claim.

What is a wrongful death claim?

Wrongful death claims are a type of personal injury lawsuit arising from a death caused by another person’s or business’s negligent, reckless or wrongful conduct. Common causes of wrongful deaths include car accidents, big rig truck crashes, nursing home abuse and faulty products. Our personal injury attorneys investigate the facts of your case to gather evidence that the death occurred as a result of another party’s negligence. We continue building a solid foundation for your wrongful death case by gathering evidence linking the defendant’s actions to the injury.

Who can file a claim?

The personal representative of your loved one’s estate can be the plaintiff in a wrongful death case. The personal representative’s title for estate purposes depends on whether the decedent left a will. If so, the executor is the personal representative. If not, the person who petitions the probate court to open an estate for your loved one is known as the administrator. Administrators and executors are types of personal representatives. Either type of personal representative can file a wrongful death claim for your loved one’s estate.

Our seasoned professionals at Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C. assist you with the entire process, including probate court. We are a full-service personal injury law firm with more than 60 years’ experience assisting the injured and their family members in the greater Waterloo community.

How much is a wrongful death claim worth?

Damages for a wrongful death claim can include economic damages, such as medical and burial expenses, and noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering and punitive damages. While no one can predict with absolute certainty what would have happened in your loved one’s career, courts rely on a number of factors to estimate the value of lost future income the deceased probably would have earned in a lifetime, including:

  • Age and life expectancy
  • Earning capacity
  • Health and intelligence
  • Family members’ needs and losses
  • Medical and funeral expenses
  • Interest on losses incurred since the date of death

We add punitive damages to the expected lifetime income when we file a claim and ask a judge or jury for a final dollar amount. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar conduct in the future. We also seek payment for your attorney fees in the final compensation award.