Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects how a person moves and controls his or her limbs. It can be caused by brain damage, and birth-related injuries are a common cause of brain damage.
Because the types of damage that lead to cerebral palsy usually cannot be healed, cerebral palsy itself is a lifelong condition. It can lead to issues with walking, learning, and speaking, and may require a lifetime of assistive care and specialized support.
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, we can help. The Birth Injury Lawyers Group specializes in birth injuries and in assisting the families of children diagnosed with cerebral palsy overcome the challenges they face in giving their loved one the care and treatment that he or she needs. Call us today at (800) 222-9529 for a free case evaluation to ascertain whether or not you have grounds for a medical malpractice claim against parties that may have caused or contributed to your child’s condition.
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The long-term outlook of patients with cerebral palsy depends on the disabilities and symptoms they suffer from. Specifically, as it pertains to muscle issues, cerebral palsy can lead to a wide range of complications during childhood or in adulthood, such as:
- A shortening of the muscles as a result of tightening. This is called contracture and it can inhibit bone growth, cause the bones to bend, and can result in joint deformities.
- The strain that cerebral palsy places on the body of the affected individual can lead to premature aging.
- Problems with feeding or swallowing make it difficult for patients with cerebral palsy to get the nutrition they need, especially infants. This impairs growth, weakens bones, and may require feeding via tubes.
- Mental conditions: People diagnosed with cerebral palsy may suffer mental conditions such as depression and may face social isolation.
- Degenerative bone diseases may develop as a result of excessive pressure on the joints or abnormal alignment of the joints as a result of muscle tightness.
- Low bone density can lead to fractures and is common in cerebral palsy patients who are not very mobile, suffer from a lack of nutrition, and suffer the side-effects of anti-epileptic drug usage.
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Treating Cerebral Palsy
Individuals with cerebral palsy usually require a variety of services to make life livable and for them to gain some level of independence. As a result, caring for someone with cerebral palsy carries a substantial physical, emotional, and financial burden. Adaptive equipment, schooling, and transportation for a disabled child can be prohibitively expensive, as is medication, therapy, and the lifetime treatments that the child will likely require.
Furthermore, even diagnosing a child with cerebral palsy can be expensive because it involves tests, some of which are invasive, to identify where and what type of brain damage is causing the child’s disabilities. These tests and procedures can include scans such as MRIs, CT scans, or ultrasounds, as well as tests to measure electrical impulses in the patient’s brain and the speed with which impulses travel up and down his or her nerves.
Once specific issues and symptoms are identified, the patient can start with treatment, which may include various forms of therapy (such as physical, occupational, speech, or social/emotional therapy) or surgery.
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Your Legal Options
If your child’s condition was caused by medical negligence, you should consider filing a civil lawsuit to seek compensation from the hospital and medical staff responsible for any mistakes that contributed to or worsened your child’s condition.
The first step to take is to secure legal counsel. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529 to learn more about the process. It involves undergoing a free case evaluation, determining whether or not you have grounds for a claim, and putting you in touch with medical professionals who can assess your child to determine when and how he or she sustained a brain injury that led to cerebral palsy.
The next first is to collect the evidence needed to support your claim. This involves gathering your child’s prenatal and post-birth records and carefully reviewing them and consulting with medical experts to determine, based on your child’s records, whether or not medical negligence played a part in causing or worsening your child’s birth condition and the condition will affect him or her throughout his or her lifetime.
If you have a case, you must send out a notice of intent to everyone deemed responsible for damages that you plan to file a lawsuit against them. Your attorney will help you prepare and send that notice out. An affidavit of merit may also be required. This is a legal document signed by a physician who serves as an expert witness on the claim and it states the medical reasons as to why the expert witness believes that medical negligence was involved in the case. With the notice of intent and affidavit in place, you can file a lawsuit. This will usually take place in the circuit court of the county in which the medical treatment the mother and/or her child received care.
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Contact a Legal Expert Today
If your child suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of negligence by a medical professional, you have recourse to sue for compensation and damages. Cerebral palsy is a serious medical illness that will likely affect the social, academic, and vocational options of your child in the future. In addition to this, treatment and care for your child can lead to significant expenses throughout their lifetime.
Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529 to speak with an attorney well-versed in medical and malpractice law. Doing so will allow you to spend time with your family and focus on rehabilitating your child. We will take care of every step of the malpractice claim on your behalf and will seek the highest possible compensation or settlement payout to which you are legally entitled, all at no up-front cost to you. Call today.