Personal Impact of Birth Injuries
Birth injuries do not just affect the child. When a child suffers an injury, this can change the entire family. Often siblings and the parents feel the strain financially and emotionally. This is one story of a family’s pain.
About Birth Injuries
A birth injury is not a birth defect. A birth defect is a health problem that usually is DNA related. Some examples are Down Syndrome, a cleft palate or even a heart murmur. Sometimes birth defects derive from outside factors like taking SSRIs during pregnancy. A birth injury is one suffered by a child during labor or delivery or soon after birth. Birth injuries may range from minor problems such as lacerations or bruising to severe injuries that could prove fatal. These injuries can derive from medical staff making mistakes that harm your child. These mistakes could hurt him or her for their entire life. These mistakes could happen for a variety of reasons, including inattentiveness, exhaustion, or inexperience. Researchers have pinpointed other causes of increased birth injuries.
Personal Fallout of Birth Injuries
After Rebecca* gave birth, nurses hurriedly took her newborn baby girl away. The child’s skin was underdeveloped and extremely sensitive to touch due to a brain injury. Rebecca had an untreated infection of her placenta. Her daughter spent seven weeks in ICU. The infection ravaged her brain and caused periventricular leukomalacia leading to cerebral palsy.
The difficulty of raising a child with a brain injury increased when Rebecca brought her child home. It was difficult to raise a child with special needs. It put a strain on everyone in the family. The other children felt neglected and soon the increased medical bills led to fights between Rebecca and her husband. Within a year of the baby’s birth, Rebbeca and her husband divorced. Therefore, she had to move back in with her parents since she couldn’t handle all the needs her child demanded while working. Rebecca’s life became shuttling her from therapy, doctor’s appointments, and more therapy sessions.
As her child grew, so did the complications from the cerebral palsy. Other medical issues included optic nerve damage, nystagmus, isotropy, sleep apnea, GERD, anxiety, cyclical vomiting, scoliosis, and dystonia.
Getting proper treatment for the child is expensive and exhausting. Rebecca had nowhere to turn until she discovered that a birth injury lawsuit could help alleviate some of the financial burdens.
Regaining Costs Associated with Birth Injuries
Birth injuries are often lifelong complications that require consistent medical treatment and rehabilitation. Depending upon the severity of the injuries, the financial costs associated with birth injuries can range from several thousand to over a million during the lifespan of a child with birth injuries.
For instance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the lifetime costs associated with a child who has cerebral palsy (CP) is around $1 million. The costs associated with a child who suffers hearing loss after a birth injury typically ranges around $400,00.
Therefore, it is important to remember that if your child’s birth injuries are a result of medical negligence and carelessness, the medical staff, hospital, and/or physician may be liable for damages. A complex litigation attorney can help. At The Michael Brady Lynch Firm, our lawyers have decades of experience helping injured people get justice and full compensation for injuries caused negligence. The Michel Brady Lynch Firm regularly takes on the largest corporations in the world with a track record of proven success and results. Contact The Michael Brady Lynch Firm today, and our attorneys will review your case for free and help you protect your rights. For your complimentary consultation, call our office now.