Cerebral palsy is a serious neurological disorder that affects brain function and movement. It can lead to a wide range of health issues. It is a permanent illness with no known cure.
Some causes of cerebral palsy are preventable, meaning a doctor responsible for prenatal or delivery care may have caused—or failed to prevent—a case of cerebral palsy that could have been avoided.
If this type of medical negligence caused your child’s cerebral palsy, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
A Grand Prairie cerebral palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group may be able to pursue compensation on your behalf in settlement negotiations or a medical malpractice lawsuit.
To discuss your case and learn more about our legal services, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529. A free, no-obligation consultation is available today with a member of our team.
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Possible Causes of Cerebral Palsy
The most common type of cerebral palsy is congenital cerebral palsy, meaning cases that occurred or developed during pregnancy or childbirth. Congenital cerebral palsy cans be caused by:
- Premature birth, or children born at a low weight. Pregnancies with twins or triplets can increase this risk.
- Maternal or infant infections that cause inflammation and brain damage.
- Genetic mutations.
- Birth complications, ranging from head trauma from dropping or mishandling the baby to cutting off the baby’s oxygen supply.
After birth, a child may develop cerebral palsy due to head trauma from incidents such as a fall or a vehicle accident.
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How Medical Malpractice Can Cause Cerebral Palsy
When cerebral palsy is caused by factors that cannot be screened for or remedied, such as genetic mutations, there may be nothing a doctor can do to prevent it from developing. Injuries that result from these types of issues are termed nonpreventable birth injuries.
Other factors, however, can be tested for and treated, and injuries that result from them are termed preventable injuries. If a doctor’s negligence directly causes cerebral palsy or allows a preventable case to occur, they may be liable for the injuries in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
This type of negligence can occur if a doctor:
- Fails to screen for a complicated delivery and choose a safer alternative, such as a C-section
- Does not recognize and treat an infection in the pregnant mother that spreads to and affects the baby
- Allows the umbilical cord to cut off the baby’s oxygen supply
- Applies excessive force to the baby or drops it, causing head trauma
- Incorrectly uses forceps or a vacuum extraction device
- And more
When any of these preventable factors cause brain injuries that lead to the development of cerebral palsy, you may be able to hold your child’s doctor or care team responsible in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
If you believe that any form of doctor negligence caused or contributed to your child’s cerebral palsy, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group. A Grand Prairie cerebral palsy from our firm may be able to investigate your case and pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit on your behalf.
For a free consultation with a member of our team, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529.
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Working With a Lawyer on Your Cerebral Palsy Case
A Grand Prairie cerebral palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group may be able to handle your case. This could allow us to:
- Communicate with all involved parties on your behalf
- Manage all legal deadlines and procedures in your case according to Texas law
- Investigate your case and identify the liable party
- Gather evidence of medical malpractice
- Gather evidence that puts a valuation on your damages
- Negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company
- Take your case to trial, if necessary
In order to prove that medical malpractice occurred in your case, you may need to produce testimony from a medical expert that the care you received fell below a reasonable standard, and that another doctor in the same situation would have acted differently. A Grand Prairie cerebral palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group may be able to obtain this expert testimony when we represent you.
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Damages in a Cerebral Palsy Case
The damages available in a cerebral palsy case depend on the victim’s injuries. In general, the following damages may be recoverable in a cerebral palsy birth injury case:
- Medical care deemed negligent
- All current medical costs related to cerebral palsy, including surgeries, treatments, medications, and therapies
- Estimated future costs of medical care
- Mobility assistance devices
- Modifications to the home
- Lost wages for either parent that must stop working to care for the child
- Specialized caregivers
- Pain and suffering
- And more
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You do not need to face a medical malpractice lawsuit on your own. A Grand Prairie cerebral palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group may be able to manage all aspects of your case while you concentrate on your child’s wellbeing.
Do not delay if you are considering legal action. Texas imposes a two-year statute of limitations on most medical malpractice lawsuits, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 74.251. However, in cases where the victim was injured as a baby, the family may have up to 10 years from the date of the injuries to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
We can discuss what specific deadlines pertain to your case when you call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529 for a free consultation. We may be able to represent you on a contingency fee basis with no up-front payments required.