Recieving Compensation in a Birth Injury Claim
When a baby has suffered a birth injury, it can bring a tremendous amount of stress on families, including financial burdens. However, it’s essential to know that you have options for recovering compensation when negligent medical professionals cause harm to your baby. Here’s what you need to know about the types of damages you are entitled to receive in a birth injury claim.
Recovery Options in Birth Injury Claims
When it comes to birth injury claims, plaintiffs are entitled to two types of compensation: economic and non-economic. Here’s a breakdown of each:
Economic damages can be measured monetarily and include expenses that you may have incurred out of pocket when caring for your child with a birth injury. Economic damages may include but are not limited to the following:
- Medical expenses (past and future costs of medical care, doctor’s appointments, rehabilitation, diagnostic testing, etc.)
- Disability costs (life-support, in-home nursing care, home/vehicle modifications)
- Special education costs (occupational and behavioral therapies, speech therapy, etc.)
- Lost wages (compensation for parents who miss work to care for their child)
Non-economic damages refer to damages relating to mental anguish and other emotional repercussions resulting from the birth injury, including:
- Pain and suffering (physical)
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment and quality of life
Since non-economic damages cannot be quantified, they are more difficult to calculate. However, having an experienced birth injury lawyer in your corner can help you navigate this critical piece of your claim.
Getting Assistance With Your Birth Injury Case
Big cases require big resources. Birth injury claims are one of the most complicated personal injury lawsuits. When going through the process of filing a birth injury claim against negligent medical professionals, our attorneys at Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC are ready to help support you every step of the way. We are experienced in handling some of the most challenging and unique birth injury claims. Know that you are not alone and help is available. If your baby has suffered a birth injury, you have the right to seek compensation to meet your baby's immediate and future needs.
Contact us at (502) 242-8872 to speak to one of our lawyers today.