The Lifetime Costs of a Birth Injury: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Know the Lifetime Costs of a Birth Injury: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains


The lifetime costs of a birth injury are staggering.  Adjusted for inflation, the CDC estimates the lifetime costs of a baby born with cerebral palsy will be $1.3 million more than normal living costs.  The CDC also found that medical costs for children with cerebral palsy were 10 times higher than children without cerebral palsy or intellectual disability with a cost of $16,721 versus $1,674.  Additionally, the CDC found children with both cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability will have medical costs 26 times higher than children without either condition, with a cost of $43,338 versus $1,674.  As an Oregon medical malpractice lawyer, I know that these figures are staggering.


Thus, when birth injuries result in serious pain and suffering, debilitating injury, and catastrophic harm to a newborn baby, there could be some very serious and real costs to a family.  Newborns born with birth injuries are certainly at an economic disadvantage compared to other individuals.


List of Expenses and Costs to Newborns with Birth Injuries 


When a newborn baby suffers a birth injury, there will be significant expenses in his or her lifetime which will result in financial trouble.  Even the best insurance policies do not provide cover sufficient enough to cover all treatment and care, and the best insurance policies also do not have affordable rates to allow families who have a child with birth injuries to afford those policies.  Thus, it is imperative that victims of Oregon medical malpractice who suffer a birth injury obtain the proper compensation for their injuries.  


Some of the most common expenses and costs that a newborn baby suffers which could cause birth injuries include the following:


  • Nursing care – sometimes around the clock;
  • Medications, sometimes a lifetime of drugs and cocktails to help with certain conditions;
  • Surgeries;
  • Physical therapy or occupational therapy;
  • Vocational training;
  • Medical equipment;
  • Special rooms, ramps, vehicles, and other devices in the home to make it accessible for individuals;
  • Babysitters with medical skills or attributes, likely nurses or healthcare professionals, to help care for a young child with birth injuries;
  • Procedures and injections to help with pain, including instances of brachial plexus birth injuries which may result in extreme pain;
  • Reconstructive surgery for significant disfigurements, such as improper use of forceps for the birthing process; 
  • Braces and walking assistance;
  • Special education tutors, classes, programs, or similar teaching;
  • Many specialists and doctors who can help treat and diagnose new conditions and disabilities as they occur;
  • Speech pathologists; and
  • Many other costs.


Victims of Birth Injuries and Their Families Need to Call an Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer


When a victim of a birth injury has been serious injured and suffers debilitating conditions, it is important to protect his or her rights to ensure compensation for future expenses and costs are accounted for.  As noted above, this is because children with birth injuries could cost more than 26 times what another child without birth injuries could cost, which could be more than $1.3 million in the child’s lifetime alone.  This does not include a loss of income or employability!


Here at Kuhlman Law, LLC, we handle very serious and catastrophic medical malpractice cases, including birth injury cases with newborns, occurring in Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Salem, Gresham, and in Bend where our office is located, as well as anywhere else throughout Central Oregon including Madras, The Dalles, Redmond, Sisters, Deschutes County, and in Oregon.  We also have an office in Minnesota.  To receive a FREE consultation, please call our Oregon medical malpractice lawyer by dialing (541) 385-1999 or use our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a FREE investigation to get you the answers that you deserve regarding your birth injury case.

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