Any time someone sustains a significant injury, it can be considered daunting. However, when the injured party is an infant or other child, it becomes increasingly important to understand what legal options are available to help the child.
Severely injured infants may need a lifetime of specialized medical care, therapies, equipment, and even help on a daily basis. A successful personal injury lawsuit can provide for the needs of your child.
Personal injury lawsuits can be beneficial to infants who have suffered injuries as a result of someone else’s negligent actions. This is because it helps with the financial hardships you may experience, as well as the justice you need to hold someone accountable for their actions.
Getting Compensation for Your Child’s Injuries
When an infant suffers an injury, it is most often the cause of a negligent medical professional. As such, you as the mother, father, or guardian may be able to pursue compensation in the form of economic and non-economic damages. Some areas also allow for punitive damages in various circumstances.
- Economic damages are awarded for direct monetary losses associated with the infant’s injuries. For example, this can include additional medical expenses, the need for medication or special equipment, and anything else that would typically create a monetary loss for the affected child and family.
- Non-economic damages are awarded on a person-to-person basis and are typically reliant on the pain and suffering of the victim and his or her family. These damages are typically the most important part of awards as they compensate for loss of love, companionship, enjoyment of life, and more.
In situations were punitive damages exist, the judge may order the defendant to pay the plaintiff additional damages as a punishment for their reckless act. Punitive damages are available in cases were there is a wanton disregard for public or patient safety.
Securing Justice Against Those Who Have Hurt Your Child
As a parent, you want to do anything if it means ensuring your child is happy. Unfortunately, you can’t always prevent an injury when a healthcare professional is negligent. What you can do, however, is give them a voice after the injury and to obtain coverage and funding for your child’s extraordinary medical and therapeutic needs into the future.
Legal action forces the negligent party to own up to their mistakes that caused the injury, and accept accountability for what they did. Holding negligent medical professionals liable may be the only way to recover for the lifetime needs of your child.
At Grewal Law, our birth injury lawyers will work with you to help you understand not only your legal rights, but to pursue the outcome that will best provide for your injured child’s future lifetime medical needs. You can rely on Grewal Law to pursue the maximum recovery for your family.
To speak with an attorney, we encourage you to call us at (888) 211-5798.