Virginia has a birth-injury program that provides lifetime medical care beyond what is paid by insurance or other government programs if the infant’s family agrees to give up their right to a medical malpractice lawsuit. Currently, the program may be halted because of the mounting costs for the 100 children who are currently enrolled in the program. The high cost of the program which was supposed to ease the hospital’s burdens from medical malpractice lawsuits really demonstrates that medical malpractice birth injuries are a compounding problem. Additionally, perhaps now the government will see that the amount of money awarded in birth injury medical malpractice lawsuits needs to be large to address the lifetime of medical treatment the victims will require.
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