Of all the personal injury cases we see in our office, perhaps the most heartbreaking ones are the birth injuries. As noted by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), there are an estimated annual 157,700 injuries to newborns and their mothers that medical professionals could have avoided.
The Aftermath: Will the Child get Well?
It is hard to tell whether a child’s condition will improve as the baby ages or disabilities will last a lifetime. Some birth injuries are cosmetic, and it is possible to address these issues with surgery. Other problems are internal and may not offer surgery as a treatment option. Since a variety of medical mistakes, such as birthing instrument mishandling and medication errors, contribute to a number of different conditions, sometimes only therapy and a wait-and-see approach make sense.
How will I care for the Child? What happens when I’m Gone?
In cases of brain damage, Erb’s Palsy, and similar conditions, the need for care, support, and treatment may last for the child’s life. While government assistance programs attempt to help families with low incomes, they rarely cover the medical bills and adaptive equipment you may need.
Protecting your child’s legal rights in the aftermath of a birth injury is vital for ensuring that she/he receives the medical care needed now and in the future. Usually, these rights fall under the umbrella of medical malpractice, which is a field that requires strict adherence to filing deadlines. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation and to learn more about the options open to you.