Cost of Care In Birth Injury Cases
There is nothing worse than watching your child experience pain from a birth injury caused by a doctor’s negligence. Unfortunately, this happens more often than most people want to think and the aftermath is often very difficult. While we must deal with the physical damage that children may deal with, it’s also important to recognize how much costs will be when caring for a child with a birth injury. Here are some basic expenses that you may want to be aware of in this situation.
The initial expenses of a birth injury begin incurring from the delivery of the baby. This may include the total amount for the medical costs, care in the neonatal intensive care unit, medication needed to help the baby or mother, and more. These numbers can add up quickly, especially considering the potential length your baby may need to stay in the NICU.
Ongoing Care and Costs
Children who develop serious health conditions due to a birth injury may be faced with lifelong and ongoing treatment and care. According to a report from 2005, caring for a child with some type of disability may be more than 26 times more expensive than caring for a child without a condition.
This includes the costs for professional care, surgeries and other procedures, home care, modifications to your home or car, special education, lost income, and more. In some cases, when legal action is taken, there may be recovery for emotional trauma as well.
How Parents Are Impacted
In many situations, a birth injury causes significant emotional hardships. As a result, they may miss time for work, need to leave permanently to care for the child, or have medical expenses of their own. This can lead to lost income, which over time can have a tremendous impact on the parents’ enjoyment of life.
At Hampton & King, our Houston birth injury lawyers are determined to hold negligent parties accountable whenever their negligence causes serious harm. You and your family deserve to have strong legal representation focused on your goals at all times. Trust us to do whatever we can to help you receive compensation.