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Birth Injuries

Children and their parents deserve answers when a birth injury occurs. Even though financial compensation doesn’t change the past, it can provide significant relief from the demands of future care or the losses these families suffer.

The Impact of Birth Injuries

Birth injuries take a significant financial and emotional toll on children and their families. Regardless of how long families must endure the fallout from a birth injury, many of them face similar monetary and nonmonetary losses.

Monetary Losses

Monetary losses are losses that directly affect your financial health. They include:

  • Doctors’ bills
  • Hospital bills
  • Bills for medication and rehabilitation
  • Lost income
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Expenses for necessary modifications to home and car
  • Outlays associated with hiring workers to help around the house

With even the most minor of birth injuries, these monetary losses can add up over time and leave a family struggling financially.

Nonmonetary Losses

Nonmonetary losses caused by birth injuries do not directly affect a family’s pocketbook. However, they negatively impact lives just as much and sometimes more than monetary losses. They include:

  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability and disfigurement
  • Mental anguish and emotional distress

Although nonmonetary damages do not have exact price tags, there are methods to determine the amount of money that victims deserve for suffering these losses. The severity of the injury generally affects the amount of nonmonetary damages.

Common Causes of Birth Injuries

Sadly, many birth injuries come about due to human error, which means they are avoidable. For this reason, medical professionals and facilities are often liable for compensating victims.

Common errors that lead to birth injuries include:

  • Failure to monitor the mother or fetus during delivery
  • Failure to recognize signs of fetal or maternal distress
  • Failure to take prompt and appropriate action for fetal or maternal distress
  • Improper use of anesthesia
  • Failure to perform a C-section when necessary
  • Trauma occasioned during labor or delivery
  • Prolonged labor
  • Oxygen deprivation caused by delivery errors
  • Improper use of delivery equipment, such as vacuums and forceps

In many cases, the injury results from more than one cause.

Justice for Birth Injuries

Children and their families can seek compensation from the parties that are responsible for their losses, including:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Doulas
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Other health care professionals

Additionally, the employers of the health care professionals who caused the birth injury and the facilities where they practice may also be held liable under the doctrine of vicarious liability.

Contact DLL Law to discuss your case. Together, we can explore your options for pursuing compensation.


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