When you are pregnant, it is supposed to be the most exciting time in your life. If the birth of your baby is difficult and results in birth injuries, your life will be turned upside down. Your child could have one of many injuries that require lengthy treatment and rehabilitation. These treatments could cost thousands upon thousands of dollars. For parents in this situation, it’s important to understand the typical compensation awarded for birth injuries.
One type of compensation you might be able to recover if your child suffered birth injuries at the hand of the doctor is that of loss of earnings capacity. This is compensation for the child’s inability to work or earn a living once they reach working age because of their injuries or disabilities.
Another form of compensation is known as the present value of needed care. The present value of needed care can include costs such as purchasing or renting a handicapped vehicle, nursing care, medical treatment, accessible housing and so much more.
Pain and suffering can also be compensated when your child is born with a birth injury. The child not only goes through the physical pain of disability but also the emotional pain of being disabled from the injuries suffered at birth.
The statute of limitations for filing a claim with birth injuries is much different than for adults dealing with personal injury. Once the child with the birth injury hits the age of 18, they have one year from the date they turn 18 to file a claim.
Receiving compensation for the birth injuries suffered by your child can help with treatment and keeping your child comfortable. It can also help with transportation costs if you need to travel for the child’s care.