Damages for Childbirth Malpractice Cases
As we live our lives, people generally understand the value of health more and tend to become more devoted to maintaining it as time goes on. It’s largely thanks to medical professionals with whom we confide all of our personal health issues to, that we can accomplish the task of maintaining an optimal quality of life by directly addressing our health needs. For many of us, doctors have been there literally from the very start of our lives and will likely be there in the end.
Unfortunately, not every interaction with a physician is as it should be. As doctors are human beings, just like the rest of us, it’s not impossible for them to make mistakes. Sometimes that mistake can cost a person their entire future if that person is an infant injured during birth.
For example, in Iowa City, a couple received a nearly $98 million verdict from a medical malpractice case. The injury in question was caused when health care providers improperly used forceps and a vacuum and crushed their baby’s head during its delivery. The verdict may seem high given that the injury occurred at the infant’s birth, but it was intended to cover expenses throughout the injured infant’s life This amount took into account all the above-related expenses that one would accrue for the entire lifespan of the average human being.
Medical malpractice during childbirth may involve injuries inflicted on the infant and against the mother as well, including but not limited to, uterine rupture, complications from anesthesia, failure to control bleeding, infections, damage to a mother’s internal organs from surgical instruments, leaving medical equipment or supplies inside the mother, and untreated or undetected preeclampsia. Even the smallest mistakes may end up affecting the health of an infant for their entire life.
The medical provider responsible for the injury may be liable for a myriad of damages. If you or your infant was injured during childbirth, you may find it helpful to discuss your situation with a good personal injury attorney in Las Vegas, NV at the Eric Roy Law Firm. They may be able to help you to get compensation for one or more of the following:
- Past and Future Pain and Suffering – Compensation for a decreased quality of life and prolonged suffering.
- Past and Future Loss of Function of the Mind and Body – Compensation for the effect of the injury itself
- Loss of Future Earning Capacity – Income that the mother or infant is likely to lose out on because of conditions and disabilities that will prevent them from working
- Future Medical and Custodial Care – Compensation for the expected costs of custodial care and medical expenses relative to the conditions expected and what will be needed to treat the victim and to maintain this and other necessary treatments for life