Infant brain damage is sometimes caused by medical malpractice. If your baby suffered brain damage shortly before being born or during the birth process, you might have a valid birth injury claim. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your child’s medical care, past and future medical bills, and other damages.
A Scottsdale brain damage birth injury lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group can help you determine whether medical malpractice played a role in your child developing brain damage. If medical malpractice did cause or worsen your child’s condition, our team could help you hold the negligent medical professional accountable through a birth injury claim. We can help you fight for the compensation you and your child may deserve.
For a free case evaluation, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529.
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How a Birth Injury Claim May Benefit You
A birth injury claim is a type of medical malpractice claim. Usually, a parent brings a birth injury claim on behalf of their child. If your baby suffered brain damage because of negligent medical care, a birth injury claim may:
- Allow you to hold the at-fault party accountable for your baby’s injury
- Seek justice for your child and gain closure
- Recover financial compensation for the damages you and your baby suffered
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Types of Compensation Available in Birth Injury Claims
The amount of financial compensation available in a birth injury claim depends on the extent of damages suffered by the infant and their parents. Some birth injuries result in only minor medical complications. Other birth injuries cause severe brain damage that causes marked developmental delays, neurological impairment, loss of motor function, cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, and other medical complications.
The greater the damages suffered due to inadequate medical care, the more compensation a birth injury victim and their family may be entitled to.
Past Medical Bills
Often, the severity of an infant’s brain damage is unknown until the baby has aged months or even years. You may be entitled to compensation for your past medical bills, including costs resulting from:
- Hospital care
- Diagnostic testing
- Laboratory work
- MRIs, CT scans, and other imagining tests
- Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
- Medical care for the mother
- Obstetrician care
- Rehabilitative treatments
Future Medical Costs
Brain damage can leave a child with special medical and educational needs for the rest of their life. The costs associated with this specialized care can be astronomical. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the average lifetime cost for a person with an intellectual disability is over $1,000,000. The average lifetime cost of hearing loss is estimated at $417,000. Vision impairment results in an average lifetime cost of $566,000.
You may be entitled to compensation for your child’s future medical costs such as:
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Doctor’s appointments
- Mental health care
- Psychological counseling
- Specialized educational needs
Medical Devices and Home Modifications Needed to Accommodate Your Child’s Disability
When a child suffers a physical or cognitive disability, they may need special tools and equipment. You could be compensated for costs associated with:
- Mobility aids, such as wheelchairs
- Hearing aids and glasses
- Cognitive aids, such as computer assistive devices
- Modifications to your home or vehicle, such as a wheelchair ramp or lift
When a child has a major medical problem, parents often miss work or may even be forced to quit their jobs. Compensation for lost income may be recoverable in a birth injury claim.
You may be entitled to compensation for your non-economic damages as well. You could be compensated for:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Top Causes of Brain Damage in Infants
Our brains control everything from motor functions to memory and learning. When a baby suffers brain damage because of a birth injury, the baby may be left with lasting cognitive and physical impairment. The infant’s parents may be faced with a lifetime of medical expenses and other costs. Infant brain damage is sometimes unavoidable. However, some cases of infant brain damage are caused by negligent medical practices.
Some of the most common causes of brain damage during or shortly before birth include:
- Oxygen deprivation or asphyxiation
- Physical trauma
- Being born too early (premature birth)
- Maternal infections
- Excessive pressure on the baby’s skull during birth
- Umbilical cord problems
- Placental abruption and other placental complications
- Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL)
- Subgaleal hematoma
- Caput succedaneum
- Excessive bilirubin levels
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We Can Help You Determine if Your Baby’s Brain Damage Was Preventable
When parents learn that their baby has suffered brain damage, they usually want to know, “Was my child’s brain damage preventable?” The answer to this question is difficult to determine. A Scottsdale brain damage birth injury lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group can investigate your case thoroughly and determine if the medical team provided insufficient medical care to you and your baby.
Some examples of negligent medical care that can lead to infant brain damage include:
- Delayed C-section
- Failure to perform a C-section
- Excessive force when delivering the baby
- Misuse of vacuum extractors, forceps, and other tools
- Surgical errors during a C-section
- Medication errors
- Insufficient fetal monitoring
- Medical mistakes during the mother’s pregnancy
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A Brain Damage Birth Injury Attorney Can File a Claim on Your Behalf
Being a parent is already a full-time job. Being a parent of a child who has suffered from brain damage is an even greater responsibility. An attorney from our firm can handle your case for you so that you can concentrate on caring for yourself and your child.
An attorney from our team can:
- Investigate your case and gather evidence to bolster your claim
- Negotiate a settlement with the insurance company
- Handle communications with the liable party and their legal team
- Take your case to trial and represent you during court if needed
- Advocate zealously on your behalf throughout your case
Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group Today for a Free Consultation
If your baby suffered brain damage at birth, you might be able to bring a birth injury claim against the at-fault party. A Scottsdale brain damage birth injury lawyer can help.
Per A.R.S. § 12-542, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Arizona is usually two years. However, A.R.S. § 12-502 may give newborn medical malpractice victims until their 20th birthday to sue.
A lawyer from our firm can clarify how the statute of limitations may affect your case. Call (800) 222-9529 today for a free consultation with a member of our team.