Low birth weight, both in babies born early and those smaller than their gestational age, is a risk factor for cerebral palsy. In some cases, doctors can take action to prevent premature birth or help small babies develop faster. If your doctor failed to diagnose your child’s condition in the womb, and now your child has cerebral palsy, you may be eligible to pursue compensation.
For a free consultation with an attorney practicing medical malpractice and birth injury law in your state, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at 1-800-222-9529. A local attorney knows that low birth weight is linked to cerebral palsy and can help you understand the strength of your case and take legal action on your behalf.
Cerebral Palsy and Low Birth Weight Lawsuits
Babies who have low birth weight have an increased risk of cerebral palsy. This includes:
- Low birth weight infants who weigh less than 5 pounds and 8 ounces (2,500 grams) at birth
- Extremely low birth weight infants
Babies under the 1,500 grams mark who were born at very early gestational ages are the most at-risk for complications that include cerebral palsy. Low birth weight is often a complicating factor in premature births and multiple births, both of which are also risk factors for cerebral palsy.
Medical technology has advanced greatly in neonatal care over the last few decades, and more babies born extremely early and very small now survive than ever before. However, there has been little progress in preventing cerebral palsy in this population. The condition remains a major problem in babies who are born with extremely low birth weight, affecting between nine and 17 percent.
For this reason, doctors have a duty to diagnose and treat any issues that could lead to:
- Premature birth
- Low birth weight
- An infection in the uterus called chorioamnionitis or other maternal infections
They must also monitor a number of other factors and take steps to help the babies gain weight and develop faster if possible when problems arise. Pregnancies with twins or higher-order multiples require more monitoring.
If a doctor who knows that low birth weight is linked to cerebral palsy fails to recognize the possibility of a low birth weight infant and take action, and the child develops cerebral palsy and other complications, the family may have a viable medical malpractice case.
Get a Free Case Evaluation of Your Child’s Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Case
If you believe a medical care professional failed to provide an acceptable standard of care before, during, and after your baby’s birth, a medical malpractice attorney from your state can review your case for free. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group now at 1-800-222-9529 to connect with a member of our group near you.
We can connect you with a birth injury lawyer who regularly handles these cases in your state. This attorney can:
- Explain the merits of your case and your legal rights
- Help you understand the deadlines that apply in your case
- Identify the potentially liable parties
- Build a strong case to prove medical malpractice, including medical expert witness testimony
- Represent your child and family throughout the process
- Fight for compensation on your family’s behalf
You may be able to recover significant compensation to help you cover the economic and noneconomic expenses and losses related to your child’s low birth weight and cerebral palsy diagnosis and treatment. Let a medical malpractice attorney go to work on your case today.
Recoverable Damages in a Low Birth Weight Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Case
If your attorney can negotiate an out-of-court settlement or get a verdict and payout on your family’s behalf in court, the damages you recover could include:
- Medical care costs
- Ongoing care costs
- Physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy
- Prescription medications
- Mobility devices including gait trainers, walkers, and wheelchairs
- Other assistive devices
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
Deadlines in Birth Injury Cases Can Be Short
There are several time limits that can determine how long you have to file a birth injury lawsuit. The best way to learn how quickly you need to take legal action is by discussing your case with a medical malpractice attorney in your state.
Talk to a Birth Injury Lawyer About Your Child’s Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis Today
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group can connect you with a lawyer who takes on cerebral palsy birth injury cases near you and who is aware that low birth weight is linked to cerebral palsy. They will review your case for free and may be able to file a medical malpractice claim on your behalf with little out-of-pocket costs to your family.
Call 1-800-222-9529 now to get started with a no-cost case evaluation.