If an error by a medical professional caused your child’s cerebral palsy, they may be responsible for the costs that result from their negligence.
Some of the costs related to an infant’s cerebral palsy include:
- Medical treatment
- Ongoing therapy and recovery costs
- Caregiver and education costs
- Your lost wages for the time you spent away from work to care for your child
- Pain and suffering
- And more
An Arvada cerebral palsy lawyer can be of great assistance in a medical malpractice case. The Birth Injury Lawyers Group represents Arvada families in cerebral palsy medical malpractice cases. Call us at (800) 222-9529 to learn how we can help you in this difficult time.
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Medical Errors Are a Major Problem in American Healthcare
Research shows that medical errors are a widespread problem in the United States. Because cerebral palsy is preventable in some cases, a cerebral palsy diagnosis for your newborn means you may want to examine the level of care you received during pregnancy and delivery.
Although it can be difficult to accept, your doctor may have failed to protect you and your child from harm by:
- Failing to spot and treat risk factors while you were pregnant, such as a maternal infection
- Choosing a course of delivery that compromised your child’s health
- Failing to react quickly or appropriately during delivery
- Misusing forceps or a vacuum device
- Applying excessive force to the baby during childbirth
- Being generally unprepared for the circumstances that led to your child’s cerebral palsy
Doctors must live up to a high standard of care. If a court decides that they behaved negligently and caused your child’s cerebral palsy, the doctor or healthcare facility may owe your family financial compensation.
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A Lawyer Can Help You Prove Negligence
Doctors must use the utmost care with an infant before, during, and after childbirth. If they do not act upon this duty and cause injury to your child, they may be liable for damages. This is also true if they neglect to take preventative action that would have avoided injury.
Proving negligence in a medical malpractice case generally requires:
- Establishing that the defendant owed you and your child a duty of care
- Proving that the defendants violated their duty of care to you and your child
- Establishing the link between the defendant’s breach of duty of care and your child’s cerebral palsy
- Demonstrating the value of your damages, or costs, associated with your child’s cerebral palsy
An Arvada cerebral palsy lawyer will gather evidence in your case to demonstrate these conditions. This evidence can include:
- Photos and videos of the delivery or your child’s injuries
- Witness statements
- Medical records
- Diagnoses or second opinions from other medical professionals of your child’s impairment
- Estimates on future costs of recovery from medical experts
Medical malpractice cases may also require that the defendant produce expert testimony of medical malpractice. This may require a medical professional to testify that the care your family received fell below a reasonable standard, and that another doctor in the same situation would have behaved differently.
An Arvada cerebral palsy attorney with the Birth Injury Lawyers Group may be able to produce such testimony and other evidence when we defend your family. If we are able to establish negligence on the part of your doctor or other hospital associate involved, a jury may decide to award you compensation.
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Possible Awards in a Cerebral Palsy Negligence Claim
Your family may face difficulties and direct expenses when treating your child’s cerebral palsy. As a result, you may be entitled to coverage for:
- Money that you paid to the doctor and hospital for care that was determined to be negligent
- Ongoing costs of your child’s treatment, which may include rehabilitation, doctor’s visits, and specialist care over the course of many years
- Special forms of education that your child requires
- Any caregiver that is required to help you care for your child
- Any income that you have to give up to care for your child full-time
- Any other expenses or damages that result from your child’s cerebral palsy.
An Arvada cerebral palsy lawyer will help you fight for these awards and defend your rights in the process.
To discuss what compensation may be available in your family’s cerebral palsy case, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529.
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The Birth Injury Lawyers Group represents families in Arvada in medical malpractice actions. Our lawyers can gather evidence and handle negotiations with insurance companies on your behalf. If an insurer is not willing to make you a fair settlement offer, our lawyers will bring your case to court.
We recommend calling our offices as soon as possible. There may be a statute of limitations in your medical malpractice case that puts a strict limit on the time you have to sue. If this time limit expires, you may lose your right to recover compensation in court.
Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529 for a free consultation on your case with one of our Arvada cerebral palsy attorneys. You will not need to pay any up-front costs to begin working with us, as our firm operates on a contingency-fee-basis. We only get paid if and when you receive a settlement or awards in court.