Every year throughout Maryland, as well as other states, birth injuries occur for a variety of reasons. As a result, parents are often times put in a challenging financial situation. In some cases, children get the help they need if their parents are able to file a successful lawsuit against a doctor or hospital. However, there are many situations in which parents are faced with the possibility of dealing with the aftermath of birth injuries without financial assistance.
Many medical professionals in the state are pushing for a birth injury fund. With this in place, children who were injured during birth would receive financial support. Both hospitals and doctors would pay into the fund with hopes of providing enough money to support families of those who were injured during birth. Any family put in this position would be guaranteed an award from the fund. At this time, the state health department is considering the pros and cons of creating a birth injury fund.
Those who are opposed to this feel that a birth injury find is unfair as medical professionals may not feel as accountable for any mistakes they make.
While birth injuries are not common when you look at the big picture, this is something that does happen from time to time. As a result, the family can be put in a bad financial situation, as they must now find a way to best care for the injured child. In Maryland, the establishment of a birth injury fund is a growing story that has both supporters as well as those who are fighting against it.