Sometimes, cerebral palsy occurs as a result of a preventable birth injury. In these cases, the parents of the affected child may be able to file a claim or lawsuit and recover compensation to pay for their child’s treatment, ongoing care, and related costs.
A Denton cerebral palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group may be able to manage settlement negotiations or a medical malpractice lawsuit on your behalf.
Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529. A member of our team can discuss your case and what options you may have to hold a doctor or hospital accountable. We take cerebral palsy cases on a contingency fee-fee basis with no advanced payments required.
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Cerebral Palsy May Affect Many Aspect of Your Child’s Life
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that may develop following an injury to the brain. Children living with cerebral palsy may have a wide range of symptoms and severity. It may affect their movement, coordination, muscle control, and balance.
In addition, co-occurring conditions may add other health concerns for these children. This can include intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, vision or hearing loss, and more.
To maximize their mobility and independence, individualized treatment is typically necessary for children with cerebral palsy. This treatment may include:
- Ongoing physical, occupational, and speech therapy
- Devices or equipment to help with mobility, self-care, and other tasks
- Tools to help with communication
As you can imagine, the lifetime costs of caring for a child—and, later, an adult—with cerebral palsy can be high. If your child’s injuries and condition occurred because of medical negligence, the doctor or hospital that caused this condition may be liable for these costs of treatment, and more.
A Denton cerebral palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group may be able to help you build a case and seek compensation. Call us at (800) 222-9529 to learn more in a free consultation on your case.
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Understanding Texas Medical Malpractice Birth Injury Laws
Texas lawmakers outline the rules regarding medical liability and civil compensation in
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 74. This section of the state’s civil statutes tells you what you need to prove your case, as well as other important rules you need to know to navigate this process.
Notifying Possible Defendants
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 74.051 explains that medical malpractice plaintiffs must take specific actions to notify any possible defendants in their case, such as the doctor or hospital. This allows possible defendants time to investigate the case on their own. After doing so, they may offer you a settlement. A Denton cerebral palsy lawyer from our firm can evaluate this offer and negotiate for a higher amount if we believe it is too low. If we cannot reach a fair settlement on your behalf, we can take your case to trial.
Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 74.251, you generally have two years from the date the malpractice occurred to take legal action against a doctor or hospital.
Thankfully, additional rules apply that may extend the deadline for minors. You may have until your child’s 10th birthday to file a lawsuit, depending on the facts of your case. This extension can be vital in birth injury cases, as some children may not exhibit signs and receive a diagnosis of cerebral palsy before their second birthday.
To discuss what specific deadlines pertain to your case, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group.
Limits on Damages
Texas law also puts a cap on the value of non-economic damages you may be able to recover in a medical malpractice case, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 74.301. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and more. There are no limits on economic damages.
When you partner with a Denton cerebral palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group, we can handle all legal aspects of your case. You can focus on helping your child while we build your case and pursue compensation on your behalf.
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Possible Compensation in a Texas Cerebral Palsy Case
If you are able to gather evidence to prove your case, you may be able to hold the doctor or hospital liable and recover compensation.
This compensation may cover your:
- Medical treatment and therapy costs
- Ongoing care costs
- Costs of mobility and adaptive equipment
- Missed pay from the time you had to take off work to care for your child
- Travel costs if you must travel for treatment
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to your child’s diagnosis
- Other expenses or losses related to your child’s diagnosis or treatment
- Non-economic damages, up to the limits allowed under Texas civil statutes
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Speak to a Member of Our Birth Injury Team Today
If your child has a cerebral palsy diagnosis, a Denton cerebral palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group may be able to represent your medical malpractice case. This can allow us to:
- Determine the cause of your child’s cerebral palsy
- Identify any possible parties whose medical negligence may have caused your child’s condition
- Build a case to support your birth injury claim
- Follow all required rules to pursue compensation on your behalf
- Represent your family in settlement negotiations or trial
To learn more about these services and to discuss your case with a member of our team, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529.