If you suspect your child isn’t neurologically developing the way they should be, you may have some concerned questions. At Birth Injury Lawyers Group one of our Maryland cerebral palsy lawyers can help you find qualified medical experts to answer your questions and investigate the cause of your child’s disorder. If it is found to have been caused by the negligence of a healthcare provider, one of our attorneys will be able to advise you of your rights.
Diagnosing cerebral palsy in an infant can be challenging and it may take some time to discern the extent of the condition. You can monitor things such as movement and cognitive development to screen your child for complications. If you are worried your child isn’t hitting the proper developmental milestones, you can seek the guidance of a medical professional who can start a process to give a comprehensive diagnosis.
If you learn your child does have CP this can have a significant impact on your life. Your child may need physical therapy and special equipment to assist with their movement. Doctor visits may become frequent and accommodations to your home and car may be required to ensure the best quality of life for your family. The expenses from this can add up quickly, but one of our Maryland CP attorneys can get you the help you need, if the cerebral palsy was caused by medical malpractice.
We understand that you may feel overwhelmed when trying to pursue justice after a birth injury medical malpractice case. One of our Maryland cerebral palsy attorneys will be able to help you explore your best options and be your legal advocate. If you think your child’s CP might have been the result of a medical professional’s mistake, then give us a call today for a free consultation.
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Now that we’re firmly in the new year, we’ve found some stories about the biggest malpractice claims from 2019. Here is one from MDLinx.com.
In a story we reported on before, the largest medical malpractice verdict in U.S. history was awarded to a family from Maryland after a mother was given terrible advice before her labor.
The mother was 25 weeks along and got admitted due to severe preeclampsia. The baby needed to be saved, but doctors told her the baby would die or suffer brain damage if a C-section was performed.
Over the 22-hour natural labor that followed, the baby did not get enough oxygen and ended up with a brain injury that led to spastic cerebral palsy. Now the child needs 16 hours of skilled nursing care each day.
The jury awarded the family $229 million, which was reduced to $205.38 million thanks to a cap on pain and suffering damages in Maryland. However, the hospital has been denied a new trial, which should assure the family that they can get the money they need for this clear case of negligence for years to come.
For other stories of malpractice that came out in 2019, including ones that do not involve a birth injury, check out the full article from the link above.
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Some states are considering establishing birth injury funds to pay for cases of birth injuries. Hospitals would pay into the system and families would be paid for by the fund for necessary medical care. However, some families think this is a bad idea.
A Maryland mother explained her reasoning in an article from the Baltimore Sun. She has a daughter with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Due to the severity of her disability, her parents sought out experimental treatments and rare surgeries to give her the best chances of improvement.
The family was able to raise the money for the treatments and their daughter has had an excellent recovery. However, the mother argues that if they were forced to use money from a birth injury fund, the fund would never have approved these kinds of treatments. It would remove the right for parents to decide what kind of medical care they want for their children.
It is a thorny problem with no easy answers. The state wouldn’t want to waste money on an unproven treatment, especially an expensive one, but many traditional treatments may not work as well as parents would like. They could be painful or have long recovery times, like the surgery that this family chose to forego in favor of a newer form of surgery that only two doctors in the country knew how to do.
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One of the big challenges parents of children with severe CP face is the costs of wheelchairs. It’s not a one-time purchase. As their child grows, they soon outgrow the wheelchair, and wheelchairs are not cheap.
One lucky six-year-old got a gift from the local community of a new wheelchair after he outgrew his old one. NBC 4 Washington reports.
Abenezer has reason to smile after his classmates at Ashburton Elementary in Montgomery County with a new wheelchair. He had one before, but it was a hand-me-down that he was outgrowing fast. It didn’t even have his name on it.
When a paraeducator saw the wheelchair and the boy’s struggles with it, he knew he had to do something. So he started a fundraiser. In less than 24 hours, the community managed to raise the money for the new chair.
The boys’ father stated that Abraham is very happy with the new chair. He now has more freedom to move and has shown greater confidence in the classroom. The chair is large enough that it should keep up with Abraham’s growth for 4-5 years.
Payment for medical equipment and upgrades over time are just one of the things that go into a damages calculation for a birth injury lawsuit. These costs can be much higher than you think.