The High Cost of Treating Birth Injuries
Most parents are not prepared for the ongoing, lifelong financial costs of medical malpractice birth injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control, hospitalization for birth disabilities alone costs the U.S. over $2.6 billion annually. This is in addition to the costs of diagnostic testing, physical therapy, special schooling, caregiver support, and treatments needed for their children. For example, a study published by The National Center for Biotechnology Information studied the ongoing costs for children with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is the most common type of birth injury diagnosed, with about 4 out of every 1000 babies born suffering from the condition. Cerebral palsy can be the result of a doctor’s mistake or abnormal development during or after pregnancy. It can be caused by infection, fetal or pediatric stroke, undiagnosed maternal health problems, premature birth, and asphyxia, allowing brain damage to occur before, during, or after childbirth.
“Children with cerebral palsy (CP) and co-occurring ID incurred costs that were $41,664 higher” than children without cerebral palsy. Considering how common it is for intellectual disability to occur with cerebral palsy, this number represents a significant number of kids with the disability. On average, costs for “children with both cerebral palsy and intellectual disability were 26 times higher than for children without CP or intellectual disability.”
But there is hope, mainly if the birth injury is caused by the negligence of a doctor or another healthcare provider. In the case of medical malpractice and provider negligence, families may recover compensation through a birth injury lawsuit.
How Do I Know Medical Malpractice Caused My Baby’s Birth Injury?
Several different and often unavoidable factors can cause birth injuries. However, many types of birth injuries occur because a medical professional is negligent or careless, resulting in more common injury outcomes such as facial paralysis, brachial palsy, and cerebral palsy. A birth injury lawyer can help if your baby suffered from the injury either before birth or during the birthing process caused by the carelessness or intentional acts on the part of a healthcare provider.
After you have been provided the support and care your child requires, contact an attorney. Law firms experienced in birth injury litigation can help identify the evidence needed to prove that a medical professional did not do all they could to keep you or your child safe. And that it is possible the injuries could have been prevented with more reasonable, effective, and immediate medical care.
Chicago, Illinois Birth Injury and Medical Malpractice Law Firm
When a birth injury occurs because of negligence, the physician, health system, or medical staff responsible should be held accountable. If your child was seriously hurt due to medical negligence during pregnancy or at the time of childbirth, request a free consultation with a member of the experienced birth injury legal team at Levin & Perconti.
Call a birth injury and medical malpractice attorney in Chicago at 312-332-2872 or toll-free by dialing 877-374-1417.
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