Birth injuries generally lead to a claim against the medical professional responsible for the injury. Potential claims need to be thorough and complete. Often a life care plan is created that outlines all potential medical costs for the rest of a child’s life. These medical costs may include ongoing private medical care, ongoing physical therapy, ongoing speech therapy, mobility equipment, home modifications for a wheelchair, specialty vehicles for transportation.
While birth injuries include claims for past, present, and future medical expenses, the permanent impairment also leads to a loss that is harder to quantify. Permanent impairment, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish and emotional damage all accompany a life-altering injury. Unfortunately, the injury is often beyond complete repair. It is important for a lawyer to properly assess the legal claims and case value to help ensure the child has the best resources to have a happy and fulfilling life.