A diagnosis of cerebral palsy can be a jarring reality for any parent to face. In order to maximize your child’s treatment and well-being, your child may require significant medical resources.
If your child’s cerebral palsy is determined to be the result of medical error, the responsible parties may owe you compensation for your child’s treatment and care. This compensation may be recoverable in negotiations with an insurance company or a lawsuit against them in court.
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group represents Lakewood families in cerebral palsy medical malpractice cases. Call us at (800) 222-9529 for a free case review. We will explain your options for pursuing justice on behalf of you and your child.
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Medical Injury Is More Common Than You May Realize
While not every case of cerebral palsy is due to medical error, a look at the widespread extent of medical error in the United States raises the possibility that your child’s cerebral palsy may have happened because of malpractice.
While it is a difficult possibility for many who trusted their doctors to face, consider that you and your child may have been put at serious risk—and could have suffered harm—due to the negligent actions of your health care provider.
How Medical Malpractice Can Cause Cerebral Palsy
Doctor negligence can cause or contribute to cerebral palsy during childbirth in several ways. This can include:
- When a preventable maternal infection causes the conditions.
- When untreated infections affect the child’s brain.
- When there are complications to the delivery that limit the blood or oxygen supply the newborn receives.
- When unnecessary force or a delivery device injures the baby during delivery.
Because these causes were preventable, they may be grounds for a medical malpractice case.
Signs of Medical Malpractice
It can be challenging to determine if these circumstances occurred in your delivery.
Try to remember if any conversations, actions, or events involving the medical staff in your delivery indicated negligence or otherwise raised a flag.
Physician behavior that may warrant a medical malpractice inquiry include:
- Providing care that was rushed or impersonal, which could have led to missing a condition that was causing cerebral palsy or increased the risk of injury during birth.
- Misdiagnosing a condition that you now know your child had while in the womb.
- Prescribing a treatment that may have increased your child’s risk of developing cerebral palsy.
- Not properly monitoring your child’s vital signs prior to delivery.
- Waiting too long to order a cesarean section delivery, which may have been necessary once it became clear that your child was deprived of oxygen.
With the help of a Lakewood cerebral palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group, it is not on you to identify and produce evidence of medical malpractice in your case. That is something our team can handle. Call us at (800) 222-9529 to get started.
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Call a Lawyer if You Suspect Medical Malpractice
If you suspect that a medical error may have occurred either during your pregnancy, delivery, or after the birth of your child, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group. We will advise you based on the available facts and may be able to consult knowledgeable medical professionals to provide information that could help you identify malpractice.
In addition to this consultation, our Lakewood cerebral palsy lawyers can:
- Collect all available evidence of negligence with respect to your child’s birth injury.
- Collect any testimony, possibly by individuals involved in your care, that establishes the presence of medical malpractice.
- File your case in court as soon as possible.
- Handle all of your legal needs while answering any questions and concerns that you have.
- Make you aware of any settlement offers available to you.
- Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.
- Take them to court if they are not willing to make your family a fair settlement offer.
- Defend you and your child’s rights.
The compensation you stand to recover in a medical malpractice case could help you care for your child not just now but throughout their life.
You May Be Entitled to Compensation for Your Damages
Raising a child with cerebral palsy can be expensive. You may have ongoing costs of treatment and rehabilitation, time missed from work, and other expenses for years to come.
If your family receives a settlement or ruling in your favor, you may be able to collect compensation for:
- Your child’s medical treatment and rehabilitation appointments.
- The cost of a full-time or part-time caregiver.
- Additional costs related to your child’s cerebral palsy.
- Income you forfeit in order to care for your child.
- The cost of prenatal care.
- The cost of your delivery and postpartum care.
- Coverage for mental anguish.
- And more.
These costs can add up. Even if the health care facility’s insurer approaches you with an initial settlement offer, it is smart to examine the full and future costs of your child’s needs. A lawyer can help you determine that value and negotiate with an insurance company if they offer you an amount that is too low.
Call a Lakewood Cerebral Palsy Lawyer From the Birth Injury Lawyers Group
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group provides a free consultation to Lakewood families whose child may have suffered a birth injury. We will fight on your behalf should you choose to proceed with legal action. Call us at (800) 222-9529.