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$24 Million – Record malpractice verdict in Washington DC*

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$14.5 Million Verdict- Birth Injury (December 2018)

Wrongful Birth - Iowa

$10.8M – Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury- Oregon.

$7.8M- Brain Damage

Birth Injury- Ohio.

$6M- Birth Injury

Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury- Maryland.

$6M- Birth Injury

Cerebral Palsy- Ohio

$5.5M- Birth Injury

Cerebral Palsy- Maryland.

$5.25M- Brain damage

Birth Injury- Georgia.

We review Birth Injury & Medical Malpractice cases Nationwide.

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If your family has been impacted by a birth injury such as Cerebral Palsy, Shoulder Dystocia, brain injury from lack of oxygen at birth or other form of medical malpractice, we know you need answers from an experienced and knowledgeable team of lawyers. The decision regarding hiring a capable and experienced malpractice law firm to uncover the truth about what happened to your baby & to obtain the full compensation you are owed is critical. You only have one chance to go to court and obtain full & fair compensation for the birth injuries your child has suffered. Our record setting team of doctor -lawyers is experienced, aggressive and knowledgeable.

We are medical malpractice birth injury trial lawyers that have graduated from medical school and we can help.  We will quickly cut through doctor and hospital red-tape, hospital misdirection and insurance company red tape and denials.  We can help you – just take the first step and make the free call to our Firm. There is never a charge to you until we recover compensation for you!    

I am attorney Zev Gershon, a doctor and founding partner of Gershon, Willoughby and Getz; a law firm of lawyer-doctors. We understand the devastation, hurt and confusion that parents and loved ones feel when a doctor needlessly injures a child. We know the emptiness and staggering financial expense you are left with.  We understand that you have many questions and mixed emotions about how to proceed. Rest assured we can help by quickly determining what happened in your case. If we believe there is a case against your doctor or hospital, our lawyers and can quickly move forward and help you recover the full and complete compensation you are owed.

Birth injuries such as Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy, hypoxia, paralysis,  shoulder dystocia and related injuries are complex matters but our medical training as physicians sets us apart from other lawyers and  helps us to quickly uncover the truth and let you know what happened to your loved one.  Make no mistake, doctors and hospitals will do everything possible to hide behind a wall of defense lawyers and insurance companies. If you believe your child suffered a birth injury as a result of medical mistake, the doctor and hospital is going to do everything they can to avoid responsibility. Hospitals and doctors pile on the injustice by denying responsibility for the injury they caused to your baby. We know this well because we have been advocating for injured babies and their families for 30 years. We are acutely aware of the defense game because the majority of the lawyers at Gershon, Willoughby and Getz are medical doctors. As medical doctors, we know what to look for in birth injury and medical malpractice cases, we know where the insurance company lawyers attempt to hide and cover things up; we know the games they play in order to deny justice to those they have injured and lives they have ruined. We have the medical background, training and resources to effectively fight negligent health providers and to protect others in the future. To see a short list of record breaking verdicts we have recovered on behalf of injured children throughout the country, click here.

Our lawyers are doctors. We evaluate, workup and litigate malpractice cases. Sounds logical right? You would be surprised by the number of law firms that claim to be malpractice lawyers but then refer your case out to another firm.  Before selecting a law firm, be sure to ask, “Will your firm be handling my case or referring it out to another lawyer?” The choice to retain a qualified law firm for a birth injury case is an intimate family decision and extremely important as you only get one chance in court.

Record setting verdicts throughout the country. We are convinced that our medical school training plays an invaluable role in obtaining our record multi-million dollar verdicts. Birth injury cases are complex, expensive, high stakes litigation with everything on the line and only one chance to do it right. If you want to discuss your case with qualified and experienced counsel, that will handle your case all the way through, we are here for you now.  There is no charge until we win your case.


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Selecting an experienced and effective medical malpractice law firm can be a confusing and daunting task because so many lawyers appear on the Internet.  Since you only have one chance to win in court, the selection of an appropriate firm is very important.  Like anything else on the Internet, a bit of research goes a long way in terms of determining who is the very best choice to assist your family in this important decision.  One thing that is important to look at is the trial verdicts and results that the firm has achieved in the past.  While a track record of success is not an indicator of how your case will resolve, a successful track record does show who is willing to go to court and fight aggressively for your babies future. It also tends to show who has the financial, legal and medical resources to see your case through to successful conclusion.  Like any profession, not all lawyers are created equally- frankly some are better than others.  Trial lawyers are willing to go to court and fight for you, not all lawyers are willing and able to go to court. Even among trial lawyers some are better than others, some have earned tremendous peer recognition and outstanding results, for example, see attorney profile Gershon or Willoughby.   You can tell by their verdicts and settlements who is willing and able to go to court and obtain fair and appropriate justice for your child. Also the background and education of the lawyer(s) is highly relevant. The Firm of Gershon Willoughby and Getz is unique because the majority of our lawyers are actual medical doctors and nurses. We believe we have the finest background and training to advocate for our clients and we believe that has assisted us in obtaining record verdict and settlements throughout the country.  We also believe that the “firm” approach that we bring to each case we accept is important.  Unlike solo-practitioners for example, we roundtable all cases among all our medical doctors and nurses to determine the most effective approach to present your case in court. Finally, determine if the law firm you are considering will be handling the case themselves or sending your case to another firm for handling.  Many law firms do not handle your case directly rather they refer you to another law firm, such as ours, to handle.  At Gershon, Willoughby and Getz our lawyers are trial lawyers and trying medical negligence cases is all we do. Your case will stay with our firm through settlement or the jury’s verdict.

Your doctor is trained by the insurance company lawyers what to say to you following a bad result.  Insurance companies and their lawyers actually provide classes to doctors to teach them how to handle patients following injuries and/or malpractice.  You will never hear a doctor say, “Sorry I made a terrible mistake, let me make that right.”  Those words are never going to be uttered.  Thus, even if your doctor told you there was nothing she could have done differently, you still should seek the advice of a qualified and experienced medical malpractice attorney to give you an unbiased opinion on your case.  Good malpractice lawyers will review your case and your medical records and tell you what happened and they will do so at no charge to you. This is the opinion you should be relying on- not your doctors.  At Gershon, Willoughby and Getz, because we are lawyer-doctors we are able to offer our clients the best of both worlds, ie. a legal opinion based upon the medicine involved in your case; generally we  do not need outside medical experts to tell us what happened. We can determine that and tell you.

No you are not! The result of serious medical malpractice is devastating on many levels.  Your child may need specialized care for the rest of their life.  The emotional trauma to the family is overwhelming while the financial drain for extended care can leave a family near the brink of financial ruin.  Somebody has to pick up the financial burden caused by the doctor, nurse or hospital.  The party best suited to pick up that financial burden is the insurance company behind your medical providers.  That is what the hospital and doctors pay insurance for.  So no, you are not a bad person because you seek the correct party- the insured party, to pay for the serious harm and permanent injuries they caused. The decision to move forward with a lawsuit is an important decision. However, the most important decision you can make is retaining the correct law firm to advocate for your child since you only have one chance to go to court.

No you do not. Medical malpractice cases are expensive to bring to court.  They require a number of medical experts to be called in court to testify to the care that was rendered and this can run well into the tens of thousands and sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Capable medical malpractice law firms advance all those expenses for you and they only take a fee from the recovery when they are successful.  Thus, while birth injury and medical malpractice cases are indeed expensive, with the majority of malpractice firms, it should not cost you a dime to pursue your case. At Gershon, Willoughby and Getz we pay all expenses for you and we only earn a fee when we recover compensation for you and your baby.

The financial burden of specialized care for your child is going to fall upon somebody.  If you do nothing, it is going to fall upon the parents and family.  Depending where you live there may be state programs available to assist and federal government subsidies to help.  While these programs can lighten the financial load, it is certainly not the same thing as substantial and appropriate compensation for the permanent injuries caused by the malpractice.  Filing a lawsuit in court is the only way to recover appropriate compensation to help defray a lifetime of expense.  Moreover, when a case is successfully resolved money can be structured so that your child has financial benefits to protect them throughout their entire life.

Not all lawyers are created equal and not all lawyers see a case the same way. Because of our medical background and formal training, he have reviewed and accepted cases that other lawyers have declined and we have recovered multi-million dollar verdicts for the families.  That’s not to say that we accept every case that we review or that every case can be won.  But we feel that our medical training as doctors helps us see things other lawyers may miss in the review of a malpractice case.  Thus, even if other lawyers have declined to represent your case, it is worth it to let our lawyer-doctors take a look and see what we think.  There is never a cost to you and you might be surprised what we find.

At Gershon, Willoughby and Getz we handle our own cases!  We are a law firm of trial lawyers who are medical doctors.  We also have a nurse lawyer on staff as well.  We believe that we are best suited to handle birth injury medical malpractice lawsuits because of our medical training which is similar to the doctors who committed the medical negligence.  We believe that few other law firms have the experience, training, knowledge, and aggressiveness that we bring to bear for our clients.  Indeed, many other law firms actually refer us their medical malpractice cases to handle.  When you contact us to review your case, you will speak with our lawyer-doctors and we will handle your case directly.

The majority of lawyers that handle personal injury cases such as medical malpractice and specifically birth injury cases handle them on a contingency fee basis.  Contingency fee basis means you do not pay the lawyer for their services out of your pocket.  The lawyer gets paid when they successfully recover money for the harms and injuries that you and your child have suffered. The lawyer gets a percentage of the financial recovery obtained in court or by settlement.  This is important because medical malpractice cases are expensive to bring to court; they take time and require the testimony of multiple expert witnesses on both sides of the case.  The average person would not be able to put up the tens of thousands of dollars of expenses that malpractice cases require; thus, malpractice attorneys will advance the case expense money for you and only recover those expenses and a fee when they win your case.  If you speak to a lawyer about your case and they request that you advance any of your own money- we suggest you seek another lawyer. At Gershon, Willoughby and Getz we advance all expense money for you and only get paid when we recover for you. We never ask you for a dime!

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Cerebral Palsy & Birth Injuries

Brachial Plexus Injury. This condition occurs as a result of improper delivery. During a vaginal birth, a baby’s shoulder can get stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone. To prevent fatal pressure on the newborn’s neck, an obstetrician is trained how to create more room and safely remove the baby. Failing to recognize this situation timely or failure to properly respond, can result in permanent nerve damage or worse to the infant.

Brain Damage or Cerebral Palsy. Both of these conditions may be caused by long-term oxygen deprivation to the newborn’s brain. It may also occur from prolonged labor, improper use of forceps, a vacuum extractor, or failure to treat an infection on a timely basis. It is very important for the doctor to identify if the baby is any distress from lack of oxygen.  Babies can be starved of oxygen during the birth process for a number of reasons and your medical provider must quickly identify or be cognizant of the babies condition in order to remedy it.  If the doctor fails to identify and correct a lack of oxygen to the baby during or after delivery it will lead to a number of serious and permanent problems which could have been avoided.

Wrongful Death of Mother or Child. The most common conditions that cause mothers to die during birth are placenta previa, placental abruption, uterine rupture, pulmonary embolism, and cardiac arrest. Infant deaths commonly occur from oxygen deprivation, reduced blood flow, and trauma during delivery. All of these issues are usually detectable and must be identified and remedied quickly in order to avoid long term issues or fatal outcomes.

There are a variety of reasons why babies are injured at birth; many are the result of medical malpractice.  One thing is sure however, your medical provider will always deny any wrongdoing.  When a trained eye such as the lawyer-doctors and Gershon Willoughby and Getz evaluates your medical records we know what we are looking at and can tell you what really happened.

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