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What Factors May Affect a Birth Injury Lawsuit Settlement?

A birth injury settlement is monetary compensation provided to a plaintiff after a medical provider causes injuries to an infant due to negligence. Many parents want to know what to expect as to the compensation they may receive in a birth injury settlement. That depends on the unique circumstances surrounding your case. Our Chicago birth injury lawyers discuss factors that may affect a birth injury lawsuit settlement and how a settlement may help a family impacted by their child’s birth injuries.

Factors that May Affect a Birth Injury Lawsuit Settlement

Many factors affect a birth injury settlement. These factors may include, but are not limited to:

  • Type of birth injury. There are many different types of birth injuries. The type of birth injury sustained may impact the settlement.
  • Severity of birth injury. Some birth injuries are short-term, while other injuries are permanently debilitating and will affect the child throughout his or her lifetime.
  • Amount of medical costs. Medical costs include past costs, current costs as well as an estimate of future medical costs.
  • Venue. Where the negligence occurred.

Types of Damages in a Birth Injury Settlement

Every birth injury case is different. The damages awarded in a birth injury lawsuit settlement depends on the unique circumstances surrounding your case. However, common types of damages may include:

  • Economic damages. Economic damages are quantitative and tangible. They may include medical expenses (past and future), lost wages of a parent/guardian and lost earning capacity of the child, and many other out-of-pocket costs.
  • Noneconomic damages. Noneconomic damages are intangible damages. Examples of noneconomic damages may include pain, suffering, loss of ability to live a normal life and impairment and emotional damages.

How Can a Birth Injury Settlement Help?

Even when a minor birth injury occurs, there may be costs associated with medical care and treatment. Severe birth injuries may result in permanent disabilities. Conditions such as cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy may require lifelong treatment and assistance.

A birth injury lawsuit settlement may afford your family financial resources to help your child live his or her life as normally as possible. A birth injury settlement may result in compensation to cover costs associated with:

  • Current and future medical bills (i.e. surgeries, medications and treatment)
  • Physical, occupational, speech, developmental and behavioral therapy
  • Special equipment and aids
  • Special education assistance
  • In-home nursing care

Contact Our Chicago Birth Injury Lawyers to Discuss Your Situation

If you suspect that you or your child suffered a birth injury, speak to an attorney as soon as possible. There are statutes of limitations, or time limits, in every state that dictate how long you have to file a birth injury claim.

During a free consultation, our compassionate birth injury lawyers can discuss your situation and help you understand your legal options. Call Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. at (877) 262-9767 or fill out our online contact form.

The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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