By VSCP LAW
Birth injuries can cause financial hardship on a family as the cost of future care for the child can be unexpected and excessive. In this article, we will explore the financial impact of a birth injury on a family and how a Philadelphia birth injury lawyer can help the family recover treatment costs.
When a family has been impacted by a birth injury, they can suffer financially. Babies who are injured during the birthing process require medical care that the parents of the child hadn’t anticipated. Some costs they didn’t plan for are related to physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine and medical supplies, subsequent surgeries or medical procedures, and special equipment. Many of these costs are only partially covered by insurance or not covered at all. It’s essential for the family to keep track of all out-of-pocket expenses to add to their financial claim against the defendants.
In addition to treatment costs, the family may need the help of a variety of professionals, including a family therapist, social worker, counselor, psychiatrist, house cleaner, nanny, cook, tutor, physical therapist, disability specialist, etc.
For a birth injury case, these expenses could amount to millions of dollars over the lifetime of the child.
Filing a lawsuit against the medical team and establishment responsible for a child’s birth injury can help the family recover financially. The family’s birth injury lawyer in Philadelphia will fight to get them the highest compensation to help them regain their financial footing.
In Pennsylvania, there are two main categories of compensation: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages are quantifiable; the exact figure can be established with documentation. Economic damages could include a parent’s lost wages and future earnings if they had to stop working to help manage the child’s care after the birth injury. This category of damages also includes all the medical expenses and fees incurred leading up to, during, and after the child’s birth injury.
Non-economic damages are not quantifiable – they are more of a subjective assessment of the sad consequences of a birth injury. Non-economic damages include loss of companionship, comfort, and society or “loss of consortium.” This could include the parent’s loss of the opportunity to witness their injured child achieving certain milestones like riding a bike or playing sports. This could also include the parent’s loss of emotional connection with the child possibly because the child is unable to give hugs or verbal affirmation. Lastly, this category includes pain and suffering, humiliation or embarrassment, and disfigurement.
It goes without saying that no amount of money will take away the pain a child and their family feel after a birth injury. But, with the right birth injury attorney in Philadelphia, the family can at least rest assured that they will get the most compensation possible for their case.
If you believe your child has suffered a birth injury, contact the lawyers at vscplaw.com.
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