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Baltimore birth injury firm announces opening of Chicago office

Baltimore-based Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt LLC announced last month that it will be opening a Chicago office to expand its birth injury and medical negligence practice.

The firm, which boasts more than $400 million in birth injury verdicts and settlements in the last 10 years, expects the new location to allow attorneys to better serve current and future clients in the Midwest, which began with a Minneapolis office in 2016, according to a Jan. 27 news release.

logo-contact“Our footprint in Chicago has continued to grow, particularly when it comes to representing children with cerebral palsy or other disabilities caused by medical error,” partner Keith Forman said in a statement. “Having a physical location in Chicago, which boots on the ground, simply allows us to represent more families, better, in our never-ending fight to make positive changes to the health care industry across the United States.”

The Chicago office will be lead by Jim Rollins, a former Chicago defense trial attorney.

The firm receives more than 500 inquiries a year from parents across the country, according to the release. Last year, attorneys obtained a $229 million verdict in a birth injury case against Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Inc., believed to be the largest medical malpractice verdict in U.S. history.

The verdict was later reduced to $205 million by a judge and is on appeal.

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