birth injuries occur every day in the U.S., and Ohio is no exception. Families who are
overjoyed to give birth to a child soon have a harsh reality to face when
they realize that their new baby has been injured.
Often, these injuries have lifelong consequences and require parents to
stop working to care for their child or potentially place their child
in assisted living. While many doctors and nurses are quick to chalk up
birth injuries as simple accidents, the truth is that many of them can
be prevented with adequate and reasonable medical care.
If you believe that your child has been injured due to the negligence or
carelessness of doctors, nurses, or the hospital where your child was
born, you may be able to pursue compensation for the damages you’ve suffered.
What Kind of Damages Can Be Collected from a Birth Injury Lawsuit?
Damages that can be sought in a birth injury lawsuit include any and all
damages your child and your family has suffered as a result of a preventable
birth injury caused by physician negligence.
This includes but is not limited to:
- Any and all medical expenses directly related to the injury
- Lost wages from work for one or both parents who were unable to work while
caring for their injured child
- Future medical expenses that are expected to be incurred as a result of
the injury, e.g. if your child requires lifelong, full time care for their condition
- Costs for adaptive aids, devices, therapies and programs that will improve
the quality of your child’s life.
- Emotional pain and suffering, as well as loss of consortium
- Travel expenses related to any time you had to leave your immediate area
for specialized medical care for your child
- Funeral expenses if your child passed away as a result of birth trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
The damages associated with a birth injury lawsuit tend to be both economical
and non-economical in nature, and punitive damages are often awarded in
cases where clear medical neglect or wanton disregard for the safety of
mother and child during delivery caused an injury or death.
When to Reach Out to an Attorney
It’s impossible to know whether you have a viable birth injury lawsuit
or not and how much you could potentially be compensated for without discussing
your case in depth with an attorney and bringing forward evidence to support
If you suspect that your child may be suffering from a birth injury due
to the negligence of hospital staff or doctors during labor and delivery,
don’t wait to contact an experienced and skilled lawyer. At the
Mellino Law Firm, we have specific experience working with families whose
children have been injured at birth and can provide you with aggressive,
zealous representation to protect your rights and the rights of your child.
Contact the Mellino Law Firm at (440) 333-3800 to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation today.