Do you believe that medical malpractice caused your child’s cerebral palsy? You may be right, but you’ll need to speak with an attorney with experience in cerebral palsy birth injury cases to prove it. You and your child could be owed cash compensation if negligence caused your child’s cerebral palsy.
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group connects families with attorneys who can help them sue their medical providers. Our birth injury lawyers in Washington D.C. are ready to hear your story and explain your legal options. If you’re owed compensation, our cerebral palsy attorneys will make sure you get it.
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About Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy affects about one out of every 345 children in the United States. It’s a group of disorders that affects muscle control. It’s the most common motor disability in children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Almost all cases of infant cerebral palsy are caused by abnormal brain development or brain trauma. It can happen before or during birth. Head trauma, brain hemorrhage, infections, and too little oxygen to the brain are all causes of cerebral palsy.
Doctors must watch for signs that your baby is under distress before and during birth, and intervene when there is a problem to prevent injury. However, sometimes the signs are missed by negligent medical professionals and leave children with permanent brain damage.
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How Expensive Is Cerebral Palsy Treatment?
The costs related to caring for a child with cerebral palsy can easily reach over a million dollars per person. Besides motor problems, many children with CP also have cognitive disabilities, problems with hearing and vision, and seizure conditions. Long-term medical care is almost certain.
Paying for this care is far outside the reach of most families, but one of our qualified cerebral palsy lawyers can fight on your behalf to get compensation to pay for your child’s care, both the bills you’re facing now and ongoing care in the future. The total long-term costs of caring for a child with cerebral palsy can easily reach a million dollars.
You should not be stuck paying for injuries caused by actions that should have been prevented. We will help you hold the at-fault party responsible for your child’s care and stand up to insurers who want to give you less than your child deserves.
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How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
To know if you have a case, your lawyer will need to see if your case meets four standards. These standards are key legal points for proving that someone in the medical profession hurt your baby. With slight variations, these standards apply to all personal injury cases.
Duty of Care
The first is establishing there was a duty of care. There must be a medical relationship between your child and whoever you’re suing. Your child’s medical records will show who was responsible for their care. You can sue both the responsible person and their employer. There may be other parties that may share a duty of care toward your child.
Medical staff must follow standards of care for their area of responsibility. Even the best doctors can’t heal or save every patient they help. Standards of care set the guidelines for what a reasonable response is for different medical situations.
We must prove that whoever had a duty of care acted negligently and broke those standards. Our cerebral palsy lawyers in Washington, D.C., have access to medical experts who know the standards and can explain why the defendant’s actions were negligent.
There must be a link between the negligent act and your child’s cerebral palsy. This legal point is called causation. We have to explain how the negligent act caused your child’s injuries. For example, we can explain how a pinched umbilical cord led to brain damage that caused a child’s cerebral palsy.
Finally, we have to prove you or your child were legally damaged by the injury. In a cerebral palsy case, that is easy to do. However, calculating the full value of your child’s care and the non-economic damages that come along with a complex condition like cerebral palsy is tough.
Working with a birth injury lawyer with cerebral palsy experience can help you maximize your claim. You may be owed much more than you think.
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What Steps Should I Take After Learning My Child Has Cerebral Palsy?
The first step in any potential medical malpractice case is to get a diagnosis as soon as you notice your child has a problem. If your child has been diagnosed with CP, follow the care instructions of your doctor. Seek another doctor’s advice if the doctor you’re suing is the one who diagnosed your child.
Malpractice insurers will try their best to discredit your claim, and could go so far as saying you did something wrong to harm your child. Therefore, getting a diagnosis and following another doctor’s advice is important to preserve your claim to compensation.
Your next step is to contact a cerebral palsy lawyer for legal advice and follow their instructions. The Birth Injury Lawyers Group can put you in touch with a qualified lawyer who will help you get answers and see if your case qualifies as malpractice.
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Cerebral palsy creates lifelong challenges for children. It can be an expensive and painful condition. Sometimes it happens despite medicine’s best efforts, but cases happen that could have been prevented if someone paid better attention during birth.
In those cases, you need a District of Columbia cerebral palsy attorney on your side. You could be owed hundreds of thousands of dollars, and perhaps even millions. That money can help your child get the care they need.
To see if your case qualifies for a lawsuit, contact the Birth Injury Lawyers Group for a free consultation. All of our lawyers work on contingency, and your consultation is without obligation. Get the answers you need about why your child was injured and get the compensation you deserve for what your doctors did. Call today.