Judgments and verdicts in cases alleging birth injuries caused by medical malpractice frequently make headlines. That is not necessarily because these cases occur all the time, but because the judgments are more sizeable than in some other cases. Awards are often large because they are based on compensation over the course of one’s life as a result of the harm. For children just born, the years that they will be affected by the injury are significant, increasing the damages.
Birth Injury Damages
Of course, because of the size of some verdicts, these cases are often pointed to by “tort reform” advocates as a sign of “jackpot justice.” Those wishing to take away the legal rights of injured patients find value in plucking out random birth injury decisions and using them as some sort of “proof” that legal rules have to be changed.