A serious medical mistake can leave the victim with a lifetime of pain and hardship. When the injured person is an infant, the consequences are all the more tragic.
Assessing damages in birth injury claims is a complex process that takes into account a number of factors, including the cause of the injury, the extent of the injury and the projected impact it will have on the child for his or her lifetime.
Every birth injury case is unique. Some of the damages commonly awarded in such cases include compensation for:
- Doctor visits
- Physical therapy
- Adaptive equipment (wheelchairs, braces, etc.)
- Adapted living quarters
- Counseling and psychological services
In addition to the above, a court may also award non-economic damages that address factors such as emotional turmoil.
The Importance Of A Thorough Assessment of Damages
In the wake of a birth injury, parents may be uncertain where to turn. If such a tragedy has befallen your family, it is important to consult with an attorney who has experience handling birth injury claims. To build a successful case, an attorney will often work with experts in economics, life care planning, child psychology and other fields. The legal team must not only assess the present day damages, but also the needs and hardships the child will face for the rest of his or her life. If the damages are not fully assessed, the child may be left without crucial financial resources.
If you are pursuing a birth injury claim in Illinois, talk to an experienced medical negligence attorney to learn more about how the law applies in your situation.