If a newborn suffers a birth injury due to negligent or reckless actions, the medical staff will likely experience consequences that last a lifetime. Even if the effects seem small enough in the present, they can cause considerable complications in the future. When a lawsuit can take months or longer to settle, is the pursuit of a settlement worth the effort?
In February 2020, the federal government awarded 15.1 million dollars to the family of a boy who suffered a birth injury that resulted in cerebral palsy and neurological deficits. The money from the settlement was to compensate for all medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, permanent disability, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Is a birth injury claim right for your family?
The window in which a family can file a claim for an injury extends until three years after the injured child turns 18 years old, and the injury did not affect the child’s mental ability. If the injury did impact the mental capacity of the child, then there is no time limit to file a claim for the birth injury.
The total pursuit of a birth injury claim can take years to resolve, but if a birth injury lasts a lifetime, it can certainly be worth the effort. These claims take a lot of energy when the process requires a considerable amount of investigative work. Proving that the medical staff involved with the birth made reckless or negligent errors that causes the injury is no small task.
Despite the work that goes into these claims and the time it takes to settle them, filing a claim is worth the effort. The pursuit of a birth injury is not about compensation; it is about justice. No one should ever have to live a life with disabilities that medical professionals should have avoided. When doctors and nurses force a child to live with disabilities and injuries that will change their life forever, someone needs to hold them accountable for their actions.
Be the one to hold hospitals accountable
If your child experienced a birth injury, they deserve justice for the wrongs they suffered. Do not let professionals continue their practice while they still might hurt other children for years to come.