Cerebral palsy may be a preventable condition. If your child received a cerebral palsy diagnosis, you may want to investigate whether medical negligence on the part of your prenatal delivery care providers caused this condition. This could make your caregivers liable for the damages related to your child’s cerebral palsy.
You do not need to face a medical malpractice action alone. A Pompano Beach cerebral palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group may be able to help you build a medical malpractice case and hold the at-fault parties liable.
To learn more, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529. A consultation with a member of our team is free.
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Understanding and Diagnosing Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy can occur because of abnormal development to the brain or damage the brain sustains. Depending on what area of the brain is injured, cerebral palsy can cause difficulties with motor control and movement. Cerebral palsy is generally categorized in one of the following four types:
- Spastic: characterized by stiff muscles and problems with a range of motion.
- Dyskinetic: characterized by an inability to control movements, tremors, and other difficulties with motor function.
- Ataxia: characterized by difficulty with coordination, balance, and other movements.
- Mixed: combined symptoms from more than one type of cerebral palsy.
Infants with severe cerebral palsy symptoms may be diagnosed early on. However, most children do not receive a diagnosis until they are several months or years old and have failed to meet a series of developmental milestones. This may include:
- Rolling over
- Sitting unassisted
- Pulling up
If you notice any of these signs of cerebral palsy in your child, bring them a doctor for an evaluation immediately. If a cerebral palsy diagnosis is made, a doctor may work with specialists toward developing your child’s mobility and age-appropriate skills and independence.
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Medical Malpractice as a Cause of Cerebral Palsy
Although some causes of cerebral palsy are unavoidable, such as premature birth or a genetic mutation, the condition can also occur as a direct result of doctor negligence. This could be the case if:
- A prenatal infection in the mother is left undetected and untreated
- The child’s oxygen supply is cut off during delivery
- The child sustains a head injury due to excessive force during delivery
- The doctor fails to screen for a difficult birth, which may have allowed for a safer alternative delivery via Caesarian-section
If you believe a doctor’s negligence caused or contributed to your child’s cerebral palsy in any way, you may be able to hold them liable for medical malpractice.
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Working With a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer on Your Case
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group represents Pompano Beach families in medical malpractice lawsuits. A Pompano Beach cerebral palsy lawyer from our firm may be able to:
- Handle all communications, deadlines, and paperwork on your behalf
- Identify the liable party in your case
- Gather evidence of doctor negligence
- Hire a medical expert to testify that malpractice occurred in your case
- Gather evidence of the extent of your damages.
Our legal team can negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company for a just settlement, representing your family’s best interests every step of the way. If a fair settlement agreement is not possible, we may be able to take your case to trial.
To learn more about our services, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529.
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Damages Possible in a Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Case
A Pompano Beach cerebral palsy lawyer from our firm can gather evidence of your damages for settlement negotiations or to present on trial. Factors that may play a role in the compensation your family may be able to recover include:
- The severity of your child’s cerebral palsy
- How their condition affects their everyday life
- Any additional conditions related to their birth injury
- The treatment and therapy required
- Medical expert opinions on future care needs
- Other related expenses
Accordingly, the recoverable damages in a cerebral palsy medical malpractice case may include:
- Current and future medical care and treatment costs
- Current and future rehabilitation
- Ongoing care costs
- Mobility and adaptive equipment as prescribed
- Renovations to your home for accessibility
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to their treatment or condition
- Lost wages for either parent who stops working to care for the child
- Pain and suffering damages
- Mental anguish
- And more
Time Limits on Taking Action in a Florida Medical Malpractice Case
Florida limits how long you may have to pursue compensation in court based on your child’s birth injury and cerebral palsy diagnosis. Per Florida Statute 95.11, you may have a two-year statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice lawsuit from when you discover, or should have discovered, that malpractice occurred. Because some circumstances could alter the statute of limitations, the Birth Injury Lawyers Group recommends you call our firm to discuss what specific deadlines pertain to your case.
In addition, under Florida Statute 766.106, you may be required to notify the doctor or hospital in advance of filing a formal malpractice allegation.
Get Help With Your Pompano Beach Cerebral Palsy Case Today
A Pompano Beach cerebral palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group may be able to handle your medical malpractice case. We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee basis with no advanced payment required for our services.
For a free case review, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529.