The damages you can collect for an umbilical cord birth injury lawsuit depend on your specific expenses and losses. They generally include a wide range of financial damages as well as compensation for your child’s intangible losses.
Your birth injury lawyer will gather evidence to document as many related damages as possible, including your child’s current and future medical needs, losses and expenses related to their care, and more. This evidence will support the demand for a fair payout based on your legal claim.
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Recovering Economic Damages Related to Your Child’s Birth Injury
When a child suffers an umbilical cord birth injury, there are many possible medical outcomes. The injury can cause manageable conditions that require lifelong monitoring and medication, serious disabilities, and even catastrophic conditions that require around-the-clock monitoring and support.
For this reason, how much their injuries cost will also be unique to your birth injury claim. These financial expenses and losses are recoverable if you can prove them, which could include:
- Medical bills related to their diagnosis, treatment, therapy, and more.
- The time you missed at work because of their injuries.
- Expenses such as parking at the hospital or installing a lift at your home.
- The necessary ongoing care costs for your child’s condition.
Many of the conditions that occur because of umbilical cord injuries and resulting damage to the baby’s body are very expensive to manage. For example:
- The annual cost of managing epilepsy in 2014 was $15,414 per patient, according to the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC).
- The annual cost of managing cerebral palsy during the same period, based on Medicaid payouts, was $43,687 for non-ambulatory people and $10,368 for those who could walk, according to the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.
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Non-Economic Damages Related to Birth Injuries Are Also Available
Recovering non-economic damages is essential to hold the doctor or hospital accountable for your child’s birth injuries. Non-economic damages include the intangible losses your child suffered because of their injuries.
Depending on the laws in your state, the total of your family’s non-economic damages could be several times the value of the financial expenses you experienced. However, about half of all states have caps on these damages that apply to most malpractice claims.
Your legal team will help you understand the value of your child’s intangible losses and seek damages in accordance with this value, which could include:
- Your child’s pain and suffering
- Their mental anguish and distress
- Diminished quality of life because of their injuries
Your Birth Injury Attorney Will Seek Future Expenses and Losses
The long-term consequences of an umbilical cord birth injury are often lifelong. Many children will require ongoing monitoring and medication. Others may need therapy and other interventions for years. In the most severe cases, they may require intensive support and care throughout their lifetime.
You must understand your child’s prognosis and future care needs before agreeing to a settlement in a birth injury case. If your child faces a lifetime of related needs, recovering compensation to pay for their future care expenses is essential.
Your legal team will call in medical experts, economists, and other experts to prove your family’s likely expenses and losses. They will then seek a settlement that fairly compensates you for them, which will ensure you can always afford the treatment and care your child needs.
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Wrongful Death Damages Are Available for Families Who Lost Their Infant
Unfortunately, some umbilical cord birth injuries cause serious injuries, and the baby does not survive. According to BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, about one in every ten stillbirths is related to an umbilical cord accident.
If your child passed away because of medical negligence, your lawyer may be able to pursue a wrongful death action for your family. This action is a medical malpractice case based on the death of your infant.
Generally, the doctor, another medical professional, and the hospital can be held liable in these cases. Your lawyer will gather evidence to hold the responsible parties accountable, and your family may be able to recover damages, including:
- Your pain and suffering
- Other losses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Outstanding medical expenses
Learn More About What Damages You Can Collect for an Umbilical Cord Birth Injury Lawsuit by Contacting Our Office Today
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group provides complimentary consultations and case assessments for families of children who suffered umbilical cord birth injuries. We may be able to evaluate your rights and legal options for you today for free. Our case reviews are confidential, and there is no obligation.
If you allow one of our attorneys to represent you, they will handle your legal claim based on contingency. Call (800) 222-9529 now to learn more.