There are several risk factors at play that put children who are twins, triplets, or higher-order multiples at an increased risk of getting congenital cerebral palsy before, during, or soon after birth. If this happened to one of your children, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim to hold the doctor or hospital liable.
Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group now by dialing 1-800-222-9529. You will be connected with an attorney who practices birth injury law in your state and is knowledgeable about the link between cerebral palsy and multiple births.
There Are Likely Several Factors at Play in the Link Between Multiple Births and Cerebral Palsy
There is no doubt that there is a link between multiple births—twins, triplets, and higher-order multiples—and cerebral palsy. While much of this is likely related to the fact that these children may have other significant risk factors such as premature birth, low birth weight, or conception through infertility treatments, there is also somewhere the only risk factor is a multiple pregnancy.
There does seem to be some type of genetic factor at play, as well, although scientists disagree about the exact nature of it. According to findings published in 2014 in the British Medical Journal, when compared to a singleton birth with no family history of the condition:
- A twin of a child with cerebral palsy has a 15 times greater risk of having the condition as well
- Full siblings of a child with cerebral palsy have a six to nine times greater risk
- Half-siblings of a child with cerebral palsy have as much as a three times greater risk
The death of a baby’s twin or triplet shortly before or after birth further increases the surviving newborn’s risk of cerebral palsy, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
In many cases, doctors can take steps to recognize risk factors associated with cerebral palsy during a multiple pregnancy or, in the case of infertility treatments, prevent the multiple pregnancy, to begin with. If your doctor failed and made a medical error, caused a birth injury, or otherwise committed medical negligence, you may be able to take legal action against them.
Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Births Lawsuits
If you had a multiple pregnancy and one or more of your children has cerebral palsy, you may want to discuss the merits of your case with a birth injury lawyer who is familiar with the link between multiple births and cerebral palsy. At the Birth Injury Lawyers Group, you will be connected with an attorney in your state who handles cerebral palsy cases. You may be eligible to hold the doctor or hospital liable.
A birth injury attorney near you can review your case for free and explain your options. If you have a viable medical malpractice case, the attorney can collect evidence and build a strong argument to take to the medical malpractice insurance company or to present in court if necessary.
Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at 1-800-222-9529. You will be connected with a lawyer in your area who will evaluate your case for free today.
Recoverable Damages in a Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Birth Medical Malpractice Case
If your attorney recovers compensation in your case, either through out-of-court settlement negotiations or a verdict in civil court, your payout will likely cover a wide range of damages. This may include:
- Medical care costs
- Therapies, including physical, occupational, and speech
- Ongoing care and support
- Prescription drug costs
- Mobility aids and assistive devices
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering losses
There Is a Time Limit on How Long You Can Wait to Take Legal Action
Each state has a statute of limitations, that is, a law that sets a deadline on how long you can wait to file a lawsuit in a medical malpractice case. This time limit varies from state to state. Each state also has its own rules regarding tolling the statute of limitations in a birth injury case. Discuss your case with a medical malpractice lawyer in your state to ensure you do not miss any important deadlines.
Talk to a Birth Injury Attorney About Your Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Birth Case
If your child is a multiple and one or more of them have cerebral palsy, you should consider calling the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today. You will be connected with an attorney near you who can review the facts of your case at no cost to your family.
Call 1-800-222-9529 to get started today.