Cerebral palsy is an illness that impairs movement and motor skills. It can prevent the affected patient from performing various actions and from moving in a coordinated fashion. Cerebral palsy can affect balance, posture, breathing, bladder control, the ability to eat and swallow, and the ability to speak.
Cerebral palsy is sometimes caused by damage to the brain before or during a baby’s birth. Unfortunately, cerebral palsy injuries that occur during prenatal care or delivery may be caused by a doctor’s negligence. When this happens, victims may be able to recover compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
If your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by doctor negligence, a Brownsville cerebral palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group may be able to represent you.
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Types of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy can be caused by abnormal brain development or injury to the parts of the brain that are responsible for movement. Known as the cerebral cortex, this part of the brain may sustain damage during childbirth, especially if force is applied to a baby whilst removing it from the mother.
Depending on where, how, and to what extent the cerebral cortex is damaged, a child may suffer from cerebral palsy symptoms that cause stiffness and make it difficult to move, that lead to uncontrolled, shaky, or jerky movements, or that lead to issues with balance and depth perception.
The effects of cerebral may be far-reaching and can have an impact on the child throughout his or her life. Depending on its severity, the patient may require walking aids, constant supervision, or round-the-clock assistance for everything from getting dressed to eating and drinking.
Some people with cerebral palsy may have difficulty eating and drinking. This can lead to malnutrition, bone contractures, and additional issues with movement.
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Cerebral Palsy Treatments
Brain damage, once it occurs, is irreversible, and as such, there is no known cure for Cerebral palsy. However, the child may face a somewhat static set of symptoms that can allow them to gain self-sufficiency over time.
Cerebral palsy symptoms may be managed with various treatments and interventions, such as:
- Surgery to address muscle, bone, or nerve irregularities
- Therapy, such as physical, occupational, or speech therapy to overcome specific impediments
- Assistive devices to get around or communicate with others
If your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by a negligent doctor, you may be able to recover compensation for these treatments, and more, in a medical malpractice case.
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How Medical Malpractice Can Cause Cerebral Palsy
There are a number of causes of cerebral palsy in a newborn. Some of them are natural and unpreventable, such as a genetic mutation or premature birth.
Other times, however, this condition can be caused by doctor negligence. The following acts of doctor negligence could lead to a preventable case of cerebral palsy in a newborn:
- Failing to screen for and detect an infection in the pregnant mother
- Failing to screen for a complicated birth and coordinate a safer alternative
- Allowing the baby’s oxygen supply to be cut off during delivery
- Injuring the baby through excessive force either manually or with the incorrect use of forceps or a vacuum extraction device
If you believe that a doctor’s negligence caused your child’s cerebral palsy, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group for a free consultation at (800) 222-9529.
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Pursuing Compensation in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
A Brownsville cerebral palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group may be able to handle your medical malpractice case. This could allow us to:
- Communicate with the hospital, insurance company, and other parties on your behalf
- Identify who is liable for your child’s injuries
- Gather evidence of their liability, including testimony from medical experts
- Evaluate and gather evidence of the extent of your damages
- Negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company for a settlement offer
- Take your case to trial if they are not willing to make you a fair offer
We may be able to offer you representation on a contingency-fee basis, where you do not pay us for our services unless and until you recover compensation.
What Damages May Be Available to You
If we are able to prove that your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by doctor negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- All medical care, including treatments, surgeries, therapies, and medications
- The estimated future costs of all medical care
- Mobility assistance devices
- Special caregivers or educators
- Lost wages for parents who must stop working to care for the child
- Pain and suffering
- And more
The Texas Statute of Limitations
Texas has a two-year statute of limitations, or legal time limit, for most medical malpractice lawsuits, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 74.251. However, if the victim is a minor under the age of 12, this statute of limitations may be extended until their 14th birthday.
Your case may also require you to give advanced notice to the doctors or hospitals you plan to sue. Per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 74.051, you may need to notify parties involved in your case at least 60 days before you file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group can handle these deadlines and legal tasks when we represent you.
Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group for Help With Your Case
If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the financial and emotional toll can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you are not alone. A Brownsville cerebral palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group may be able to handle your case and pursue compensation on your behalf.
For a free case review, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529.