When a preventable birth injury occurs, families are left with many questions. They want to know how and why their child suffered the injury. They are likely also looking ahead and wondering how they will care for their child. In these tragic situations, the counsel of a compassionate, experienced attorney can help families begin to move forward.
Some common birth injuries include:
- Oxygen deprivation injuries, including cerebral palsy
- Brachial plexus injuries, shoulder dystocia and Erb’s palsy
- Meconium aspiration
- Cerebral ischemia
- Broken bones and skull fractures
- Fetal distress
Depending on the injury, the child may need a lifetime of specialized care and medical treatment. The cost can be considerable, often reaching into the millions. Families will need financial compensation to cover expenses such as medical bills, in-home care/personal care assistants, adaptive toys, medical equipment, modifications to the home and vehicles, and lost wages of adult caregivers.
An attorney who is experienced with these types of cases can help you if your child suffered a birth injury. Not only can an attorney determine who is liable for your losses, he or she can help you plan for the future of your family. You may not know what your child will need or how it will affect the rest of the family, so it is important to have a knowledgeable advocate on your side.
In addition, a birth injury lawyer can hold the negligent parties accountable by seeking the compensation you and your family will need now and in the future. The well-being of your child and the rest of your family may depend on recovering sufficient compensation.