Damages in every type of personal injury case vary from case to case. The same can be said for birth injury cases, where they are unique in high dollar amounts and the expertise needed to win your claim. In a birth injury case, many types of experts are usually introduced, from economists and rehabilitation specialists. There are many types of treatment that may have been available for your child, including treatment, constant care, and rehabilitation. Because these costs can sometimes wreak havoc on your life, it is important to know what damages are available to you.
Types of Damages
As mentioned, there are a variety of different damages that you may be eligible for depending on the circumstances of your case. If the child suffered losses, the payout will be made to the child. Here are some of the damages available:
- Economic: These are costs associated with the injury now and in the future. This can include things like medical treatment, rehabilitation, special education needs, and so much more. Remember, a birth injury can affect a child the rest of their life!
- Non-Economic: These cover pain and suffering, emotional suffering, disfigurement, and more. There could be limits placed on these damages in your birth injury case, so it is important to speak to your attorney.
- Punitive: These damages work to punish the defendant and deter others from committing the same act. These damages are usually the most difficult to obtain.
Settlement Money in Your Birth Injury Case
You may wonder what happens to settlement money when your injury lawsuit is settled. First, money is paid into the parties who are owed money, such as doctors that treated your child after their injury, your lawyer, and the insurance companies involved. The money left over is the money that the parents receive to use on the child’s behalf. These funds are sometimes placed in an annuity or blocked account, which will limit how much the parents spend at any time to ensure that they are spending it on their child. Sometimes pain and suffering money will be paid to the parents.
It is important to understand all of the specifics of your birth injury case if you have a loved one in your life that suffered one of these debilitating and life-changing injuries. Call us today for more information on how we can help you. At Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, we have the experience required to handle your case.