Birth injury cases are civil lawsuits usually alleging medical malpractice. As we often point out, verdicts and settlements in these cases are sometimes higher than other matters, because the consequences of the injury have effects over a lifetime. For example, if a child with cerebral palsy needs special equipment, medical care, and more over the course of five or six decades, then the costs will be incredibly high. For this reason it is possible, though not necessarily common, for these cases to come with verdicts or settlements of seven figures or more.
Types of Damages in Birth Injury Cases
People often associate all large verdicts with “punitive” damages. Punitive damages are not meant to compensate a victim for their specific harm but instead seek to punish the wrongdoer. It is helpful to understand that large verdicts in birth injury cases almost never involve punitive damages. Instead, they refer to compensatory damages–to “compensate” the victim.