Types of Damages Our Firm Can Recover for You in a Birth Injury Lawsuit
If your child sustained trauma during labor and delivery, and you believe that the hospital staff may be at fault, you need to contact Duffy & Duffy to discuss whether malpractice causing birth injuries has been committed. Our firm can bring a birth injury lawsuit on behalf of your family and claim damages for the following loss:
- Medical and hospital bills
When an infant suffers from such devastating injuries as Cerebral Palsy or Erb’s Palsy the family is faced with prospects of lifelong care and treatment for said child. Very often the medical and hospital expenses overwhelm the parents, struggling to survive. The parents with a child who has suffered brain injury and requires 24 hour care can rarely maintain the lifestyle they previously had, or employment they used to hold. Constant appointments, exams, diagnostic tests and other procedures lead one or both parents to stop working altogether, making it financially difficult on the entire family. Our attorneys take that into account when starting a birth injury lawsuit against the negligent medical provider. We seek to recover not only for the past medical bills, but for the future expenses as well. Our economic experts, working closely with a medical expert, who specializes in birth injury cases, can estimate how much treatment will be required going forward and we will use that number in our birth injury lawsuit when calculating monetary damages.
- Pain and Suffering
Malpractice causing birth injuries may result in constant pain and discomfort to your child. In examples of Erb’s Palsy cases children cannot properly use they hands and arms, having poor motor skills, they often experience continuous feeling of tingling and numbness and in the worse cases may have one arm that is shorter than the other, which is caused by stunted growth. These disabilities not only cause the child to suffer physically, but often emotionally as well, due to ridicule and painful remarks by other children. A lawsuit for birth injuries that our firm brings on behalf a client often alleges both physical and mental aspects of the child’s suffering, and asks for reimbursement for these non-monetary damages.
- Loss of income/potential employment
Parents of children who suffer from mild to severe brain injuries know that their child’s disability will prevent them from getting gainful employment or being able to earn the income to survive on his own. At the same time, it also means that the child will likely live with his parents for the rest of his life and the parents will need to have sufficient means of taking care of him. At Duffy & Duffy we understand the anxiety and the pressure that families feel in these situations and this is another type of damages the birth injury lawsuit will often allege against the negligent doctor.
Please call us at 516-394-4200 for a free consultation. We will be happy to discuss your case with you and what recovery we may be able to get for your family.