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Birth Injury Attorney

Has your child been diagnosed with cerebral palsy? Did they suffer an injury inside a Washington, D.C. hospital?

If your child was injured during birth, you need a skilled and licensed birth injury attorney to secure fair compensation.

Stephen Offutt has won many birth injury cases across the nation, including in Washington, D.C. Book a free consultation today...

Seeking Representation? Request Your Free Consultation

Don't hesitate to call Offutt Law serving Washington, D.C. if you believe your child's birth injury was due to medical malpractice or negligence. Stephen Offutt has been helping families across the nation achieve justice for more than three decades. He understands the physical,mental, emotional, and financial burden a negligent medical professional can cause you and your family. That is why he fights to get his clients what is deserved, even if that means going to trial.

Take action now. Contact Offutt Law today to request your free consultation with our birth injury lawyer. 


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Time is Crucial Don’t Miss Your Opportunity
for Compensation


The statute of limitations for birth injury cases in Washington, D.C. is three years from the date of injury. After that time, you are no longer able to seek financial compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation, or the emotional toll the birth injury has taken on you and your family.

Other Legal Professionals Trust Our Birth Injury Lawyer

"I have known Steve for more than 10 years and consider him to be of the highest character, integrity and legal abilities." A Review by a Colleague on

The Offutt Law Difference A Record of Success

Stephen Offutt is an attorney who is often recommended by his peers to take on tough medical malpractice and birth injury cases. His law firm is able to maintain his reputation by:

Fighting for Our Clients

Our birth injury lawyer puts his clients and their families first. He works tirelessly to get his clients the money they deserve. That is why he takes birth injury cases on a contingency fee basis. You do not have to pay any fees unless your case ends in a successful verdict or settlement.

Taking the Tough Cases

Our birth injury attorney is not afraid to take on the cases other lawyers may pass up. For example, he secured a $33.4 million verdict in a cerebral palsy case in Tennessee that multiple other attorneys refused. Many attorneys will refuse cases because they think they will be too difficult or too costly for them to pursue. Our birth injury lawyer will take these cases and work tirelessly to get you the settlement or verdict your family deserves.

Insurance Industry Insight

To successfully hold a Washington, D.C. hospital accountable for medical negligence, malpractice, or a birth injury, you need to understand the insurance industry and its tactics. Before trying birth injury cases, Mr. Offutt was an insurance industry defense attorney with a high success rate. He has a deep understanding of how the industry works and can use this to help families who have been affected by birth injuries.

Honored by Colleagues

Mr. Offutt was recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of America's 100 Best Trial Lawyers in 2014. His ability to consistently secure multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements has earned the respect of clients and colleagues alike. 

Meet Our Birth Injury Attorney Stephen Offutt

Stephen Offutt has been practicing law for over three decades. He is regarded as one of the nation's leading medical malpractice attorneys by his peers and clients alike. He will fight to get what you and your family deserve, even if that means taking your case to trial. 

Mr. Offutt has represented clients in matters of medical malpractice in more than a dozen states, and has won numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts. He is the only active national attorney licensed in Minnesota, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., with record-breaking verdicts in multiple states. 

He offers free consultations and late-night and weekend appointments to meet his Washington, D.C. clients' needs.

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Mr. Offutt's Legal Memberships and Affiliations

Mr. Offutt's Legal Memberships and Affiliations

Do I Have a Case? Contact Offutt Law To Find Out

Do you suspect your child's brain injury or cerebral palsy diagnosis was due to medical negligence or malpractice? Contact Offutt Law. Our birth injury lawyer has tried hundreds of cases and understands how stressful seeking legal counsel can be, especially when it involves your child or a loved one. He will handle your case with the utmost care and ensure you are informed throughout the entire process. If your case needs to go to trial, he will fight to collect the jury award you deserve.

Don't let your opportunity to recoup your damages slip by. Contact Offutt Law to schedule your free consultation.


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A $33.5 Million Verdict

"After other attorneys turned us down, Steve research the case and found serious errors happened at the birth of my son Jordan. A Memphis jury has found that delays in performing an urgently needed cesarean section resulted in his developing severe brain damage and cerebral palsy and awarded him $33.5 million to cover the cost of future health care needs and other damages." Teresa

Successful Cases In the Greater Washington, D.C. Area

Stephen Offutt has tried several medical malpractice cases around the U.S. Below are a few of his top-earning cases near the Washington, D.C. area:


A child suffered severe brain damage due to her doctors ignoring signs that she needed to be delivered. In spite of the hospital hiding evidence until days before the trial, Mr. Offutt recovered compensation for the child and her family.


Medical professionals failed to deliver a child in a timely manner, which caused him to be severely oxygen-deprived. The oxygen deprivation resulted in a cerebral palsy diagnosis.


A multitude of errors resulted in a child being diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The medical professionals were in error when they assessed the baby to be full-term when they underwent a C-Section. The premature child suffered from respiratory problems that led to brain damage.

My Newborn Has Been Injured. What Should I Do? Call Offutt Law

If your child sustained a birth injury at a Washington, D.C.-area hospital, waiting to get representation could cost you the financial compensation you deserve. Seeking representation from Offutt Law is risk-free. We offer a free consultation and, if Mr. Offutt decides to take your case, you do not pay anything unless your claim is resolved in your favor. That means we don't make money unless you do.

Get started with your claim. Contact Offutt Law today to request your free consultation.


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Other Attorneys Recommend Mr. Offutt

"Steve Offutt is an AV attorney. I have known him and his family for his entire life. He has the highest ethical standards. He has been practicing law for a few more years than I. I call him for his advice and counsel. I refer my clients and prospective clients to him because of his abilities and knowledge of the law..." A Review by a Colleague on

The Steps You Should Take Following a Birth Injury

Once you contact us for representation, we will help guide you through the process. Until then, these are the steps you should follow:

Don't Settle

The hospital or their insurance company may offer you a settlement following the birth injury. Do not accept it. More often than not, this settlement offer will be nowhere near what your child will actually need to cover future medical care and expenses. Mr. Offutt understands the long-term financial impact a birth injury can have on a family and will settle for nothing less than what you need and deserve.

Maintain Records

If your child has sustained a birth injury, you should collect all information you can about the injury and what happened on that day. Records you should retain include bills, receipts, medical records, witness statements, and any other documentation of events that occurred on the day of the injury. This information will help Mr. Offutt prove the extent and cause of your child's birth injury so he can pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.

Call Offutt Law

Having a skilled attorney in your corner can help ensure you obtain fair compensation, especially if your child is showing signs of a life-long condition like cerebral palsy or Erb's palsy. Brain injuries that result in these conditions require medical care and procedures throughout a child's life. Mr. Offutt will fight to protect your family's future by holding those medical professionals accountable and seeking maximum compensation. 

Types of Birth Injuries Caused By Medical Malpractice or Negligence

The birth of a child should be one of the happiest moments of your life. However, that moment can quickly be overshadowed if a medical professional fails in their responsibility to keep your child safe. Mr. Offutt knows the life-long effects of a birth injury cannot be rectified. However, he will do everything he can to help get you the compensation you and your child deserve so you can live a life unburdened by worry about future medical debt.
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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is caused by an injury to the brain during birth. This condition is usually a result of a lack of oxygen during the birthing process due to a medical professional failing to perform certain procedures, like a c-section, in a timely or appropriate manner. Children diagnosed with cerebral palsy can struggle with muscle movements, motor skills, and speech and motor development.

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Erb's Palsy

Erb's Palsy

Erb's palsy is usually a result of a negligent medical professional injuring your child's brachial plexus, which is located in their neck. Often, this occurs due to misuse of forceps during a difficult birth. The brachial plexus controls movement and sensation in the arms. Your child will most likely have to undergo physical therapy or surgery to have normal function and sensation in their arms and shoulders.

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Shoulder Dystocia

Shoulder Dystocia

This is a birth injury that can occur when a child's shoulder or shoulders become stuck inside the mother's pelvis during birth. In most cases, this can be corrected by the overseeing medical professional before it causes you or your baby harm. However, if it is not handled in a timely manner, the baby can suffer nerve damage or even paralysis. 

Competent Medical Staff Can Prevent Birth Injuries Mr. Offutt Can Hold Negligent Medical Professionals Accountable

Competent medical professionals are able to recognize the signs of an emergency situation and act in a timely and appropriate manner. Failure to act swiftly and correctly can have devastating outcomes for the child and mother, who will have to live with the injuries for the rest of their lives. 

Reach out to our law office immediately if you think your child was injured during the pre-natal or birthing process by negligent Washington, D.C. medical professionals. Having a skilled and trusted birth injury attorney to lead you through the legal process can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life you and your family can experience in the years to come.

Filing Wrongful Death Lawsuits  Against Medical Professionals

If a birth injury results in the loss of your child, you have our deepest condolences. Please understand that our firm is here to help you achieve justice. Hiring Mr. Offutt to pursue a wrongful death case against the responsible party is important for two reasons. First, it will allow you to collect the restitution you need and deserve for funeral costs, therapy, and other resources you need in order to cope with your loss. Second, it may prevent the responsible party from causing another tragic loss, while also sending a message to other healthcare professionals that negligence has grave consequences. Reach out to us to begin pursuing your case.

Clients and Peers Choose Stephen Offutt

"I think Steve is one of the finest lawyers out there - both ethically and competently." A Review by a Colleague on
Attorney Stephen Offutt

Offutt Law

Attorney Stephen Offutt is a dedicated advocate for victims of birth injuries and other medical malpractice. He is one of the nation's preeminent medical malpractice attorneys and was included in the National Trial Lawyers Association's "100 Best Trial Lawyers" in 2014.  Mr. Offutt is affiliated with a number of prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Association for Justice
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Birth Trauma Litigation Group
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

You can reach Offutt Law online or by calling (301) 704-0632.

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