Birth injuries are often the result of medical malpractice, and many cases of cerebral palsy (CP)—one of the most common and life-altering birth injuries—occur because of error(s) by one or more medical professionals, or another entity such as a hospital. The revelation that your child has cerebral palsy can be difficult to comprehend, and attempting to pursue legal action on your own may not be an option for you.
Let a lawyer help you take any necessary legal action while you take this time to focus on your child. Call our team at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529 for a free discussion about how a Colorado Springs cerebral palsy lawyer can help.
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Cerebral Palsy Is a Life-Changing Diagnosis
Parents who first hear that their child has cerebral palsy may or may not have preconceptions about what this means for the course of the child’s life, but the fact is cerebral palsy comes in many different forms. The primary forms of cerebral palsy are:
- Mixed cerebral palsy, characterized by a variance of symptoms of other forms of CP.
- Spastic cerebral palsy, which may have symptoms such as rigid muscles and more defined muscle tone, as well as difficulty moving because of overactive muscles. This is the most common form of cerebral palsy and comprises a few different subcategories.
- Ataxic cerebral palsy, which specifically impairs balance and coordination, which can require them to have assistance when moving around and completing fine-motor tasks.
- Dyskinetic cerebral palsy, which primarily affects the movements of extremities and can seriously impair a person’s motor function, which is critical to completing many tasks that most people take for granted.
While the form of cerebral palsy that your child has is important in charting the proper course of treatment, all parents of children with cerebral palsy should accept that their child will have some limitations, and that many of them may have significant limitations that require lifelong care.
Cerebral Palsy Requires Unique Considerations
The life of somebody with cerebral palsy will differ in several ways from the life of somebody who does not.
A child with cerebral palsy may:
- Have to go through a litany of tests and appointments required to properly diagnose their specific form of cerebral palsy.
- Require frequent rehabilitation appointments with a variety of specialists throughout their life.
- Take a different route through the educational system than somebody without cerebral palsy, though this is not always the case.
- Need near-constant assistance to move around, especially in their younger years.
- Need daily assistance completing tasks and routines that are essential to life, such as bathing, grooming, eating and drinking, getting exercise, and taking medications.
- Need assistance throughout their adult life.
Those with cerebral palsy will almost certainly have far greater health care costs than those who do not have cerebral palsy.
Parents who accept the realities of cerebral palsy may be in the position to ask for help and pursue any resources that could help their child. A lawyer who can pursue any compensation that you and your child are entitled to is one of the clearest helplines for parents of children with CP.
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A Lawyer Will Interpret the Facts of Your Child’s Cerebral Palsy
Lawyers often have access to medical professionals who are intimately familiar with the facts surrounding cerebral palsy—the possible causes of cerebral palsy in particular. It is well known that cerebral palsy may be categorized as a birth injury caused by medical malpractice, and a lawyer will advise you on your eligibility for pursuing negligence-based compensation.
Beyond pinpointing negligence and defendants who should be named in your lawsuit, a lawyer may be able to:
- Access, collect, and organize any evidence that suggests negligence was a cause or the cause of your child’s cerebral palsy.
- Obtain the professional opinions of medical experts who can attest that negligence was a factor in your child’s development of cerebral palsy.
- Provide legal advice and services, including the completion of your lawsuit.
- Speak with counsel for the defendants in your case to explore any settlement options available to you.
- Protect your rights to privacy and dignity throughout the duration of your lawsuit.
Proving Medical Negligence
A vital role that your lawyer will play is to prove that the defendant or defendants in your case acted in some way that was negligent. They may follow a multi-step process in doing this, including:
- Showing that the defendant(s) owed you and your child a duty of care.
Any doctor, nurse, or medical facility that consents to care for you and your child has a duty to protect you from avoidable harm—this is called the duty of care.
- Proving that the defendants breached their duty of care.
The breach will likely look different based on the specific role that either defendant (if there is more than one defendant) had in causing your child’s injury.
- Establishing the link between the defendants’ actions and your child’s cerebral palsy.
- Proving that your child suffered damages at the hands of the defendants in the form of medical bills and more.
When a medical error occurs, it is often clear that the error causes harm, which in your child’s case is in the form of cerebral palsy.
Once your lawyer presents the case that the defendants in your case acted in some way that contributed to your child’s CP, they will present a calculation of the awards you are entitled to.
Possible Awards in a Negligence-Based Cerebral Palsy Claim
Your case is completely unique, but history indicates that a successful claim may result in awards covering:
- The cost of your prenatal care and delivery.
- The cost of diagnosis, and treatment for your child’s cerebral palsy, which may be lifelong.
- The pain and suffering of you, your child, and anybody else who their cerebral palsy has directly impacted.
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A Colorado Springs Cerebral Palsy Lawyer From the Birth Injury Lawyers Group Can Help
If you and your child have suffered any harm because of the action or inaction of a medical professional or facility, it is your right to pursue compensation. Call a Colorado Springs cerebral palsy lawyer from our team at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529 to speak about your case.