Paul du Plessis Attorneys in South Africa are specialists in legal claims involving birth injuries and the care of babies and children. The firm has helped many families whose children have suffered brain damage or lost their sight due to medical negligence during a birth. Paul du Plessis Attorneys have achieved many exceptional results for children and their families. With many years of experience in these fields, Paul du Plessis Attorneys have become recognised as leading experts in the medico-legal community.
When is a birth injury grounds for a legal claim?
If your child was injured or mistreated during birth or post-natal care, there may be grounds to make a claim. While birth is a natural process that can have complications, sometimes complications can be avoided or remedied by the doctor on duty. Hospital staff can be the cause of complication or injury when they are negligent in their duties. Common instances of injuries caused by medical negligence include cerebral palsy, brain damage and Retinopathy of Prematurity. These conditions can be caused by inadequate post-natal care when blood gases like oxygen and carbon dioxide are not properly monitored and regulated. They can lead to physical disability, neural damage and partial or complete blindness, respectively. In these cases, a case can be made against the doctor or nurse responsible, and compensation can be claimed.
What kind of compensation can you claim for in a medical negligence case?
Living with a birth injury often involves substantial expenses as well as emotional difficulties. In a medical negligence case, the goal is to achieve compensation that eases the difficulties of both the financial and emotional stress. Compensation can cover medical expenses relating to the birth injury. These expenses can include the cost of treatment at the time of the injury and future treatment, such as physical therapy. The cost of special equipment as well as additional therapies to assist the child’s living can also be covered. You can also claim for general damages to compensate for loss, trauma, pain and suffering that arose because of the birth injury. For compassionate, expert legal assistance with a birth injury claim, contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys.