In the turmoil following a birth injury diagnosis, legal action often gets overlooked by overwhelmed families. Yet pursuing negligence claims represents a key avenue for securing resources to cover the mounting costs of lifelong care.
Building a Case
The first step involves comprehensively documenting mistakes made during labor and delivery through:
- Thorough medical record review
- Consultations with independent experts
Evidence of errors like failing to perform a timely C-section or properly respond to signs of fetal distress demonstrates a breach of duty.
Connecting negligent actions to resulting disabilities makes the basis for a strong claim. An experienced attorney assists with developing strategy.
Types of Compensation
Because birth injuries incur a lifetime of prohibitively expensive medical treatment, lost wages, and other costs, successful claims seek substantial compensation, including:
- Upfront payment for current/future medical expenses, adaptive equipment, home modifications
- Establishment of protected trust funds providing ongoing income
- Coverage of non-economic damages like pain and suffering
Funds get structured to provide lifetime care while preserving government benefits.
It’s Not Just About Money
Successful verdicts deliver financial support and a sense of justice and accountability after a traumatic experience. The legal process further uncovers answers surrounding what went wrong and why.
No dollar amount fully compensates for a child’s permanent disabilities and compromised quality of life. However, legal action empowers families with resources to offer the best possible care throughout each stage of childhood and beyond.