When a baby suffers a brachial plexus injury during birth, the injury may be mild, moderate, or severe. Some fortunate babies will heal naturally with time. Others, however, require long-term treatment and may never fully recover. Parents of these babies may be entitled to compensation if the injury was caused by the negligence of the treating physician. The extent of the compensation that may be received depends on the severity of the injury and facts and circumstances surrounding the birth.
Seven Types of Damages Following a Brachial Plexus Birth Injury
Generally, parents may seek compensation for their losses and expenses associated with the brachial plexus injury. These damages may include the following:
- Lost income if a parent must leave work in order to care for an injured baby
- Medication costs
- Surgery costs
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Physical and occupational therapy expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Physical pain and suffering
While these injuries may create immediate financial burdens on families, it is an unfortunate reality that some brachial plexus birth injury claims can take many months or even years before a resolution is reached. Therefore, it is important that you act quickly with regard to seeking qualified legal assistance. In addition, these claims are subject to time limitations under state law. Fortunately, we are well-versed in assisting parents through the difficult process of pursuing a legal claim after a birth injury. We encourage you to reach out today for a complimentary case evaluation of your matter.