Cerebral palsy is a serious neurological illness that is the most frequently occurring childhood disability in the United States. It can be caused by abnormal brain development or by brain injuries that are sustained before, during, or soon after a child is born. Injuries to the parts of the brain that control movement and the muscles can negatively impact a child’s ability to walk, stand, and even sit straight. It can also lead to various growth defects, premature aging, vision problems, hearing issues, developmental lags, joint problems, low bone density, frequent bone fractures, and difficulty swallowing.
The exact causes of cerebral palsy are not fully understood. What we do know, however, that there are various risk factors that are associated with its development. These include a lack of oxygen during birth, pre- and post-delivery complications, low birth weight, errors performed by the medical team that is responsible for delivering the baby, and multiple births in the same pregnancy. Many of these factors are preventable, but if they happened to your child or someone you know, they may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault parties responsible for causing the child in question his or her brain injury. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529 today to learn more. We are here to help you learn more about identifying the cause of your child’s illness, who may be responsible, collecting the evidence needed to build a case, and seeking the compensation that is rightfully yours.
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Cerebral palsy is a permanent condition because the brain damage that causes it generally does not heal with time. However, this type of damage usually does not worsen either, so cerebral palsy is not classified as a progressive illness and whatever health issues the patient faces will likely remain the same throughout his or her life. The issue then becomes managing the fallout of cerebral palsy. Consider this: cerebral palsy can lead to difficulty eating and swallowing. This may prevent a child from obtaining the nutrients he or she needs to grow. Also, a lack of movement can lead to muscle atrophy and low bone density. These issues can lead to frequent and recurring fractures, misaligned joints, weakness, an inability to walk properly, and in extreme cases, it can lead to an inability to even hold the head up straight.
Although cerebral palsy can result from congenital issues or genetic mutations, it can also be caused by medical negligence or malpractice. the medical team responsible for delivering your child may inadvertently harm him or her because they did not have the experience or training to handle an emergency situation that they should have prepared beforehand for. Also, the care team may not have performed routine tests, they may incorrectly administer various drugs or misread test results, or they may not have the experience necessary to use assistive devices such as forceps and vacuum extractors – these are devices that are often used in emergency delivery situations but they can cause serious harm to a newborn.
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How Legal Assistance Can Help
After sustaining a birth injury, regardless of how it happened, the child is still the victim, and as a parent, you have the right to file a legal case against your child’s doctor or delivery team if they contributed in any way to your child’s injuries. To do so, you will need the assistance of a cerebral palsy lawyer to help you navigate the complexities of medical malpractice and insurance law.
Remember that in the aftermath of a cerebral palsy diagnosis, you will have many different things to take care of. You may have to take time off from work, arrange caretakers for when you are unable to take care of your child yourself, locate physiotherapy and rehabilitative care centers, speak with doctors and developmental specialists, and arrange the finances needed to pay for the treatment, medicines, diagnostic tests needed to treat your child’s cerebral palsy.
There is no need to take on these burdens and tackle a malpractice case on your own when you can work with an experienced cerebral palsy and birth injury malpractice lawyer. Our team of expert malpractice attorneys will help you in the following ways:
- We will help you determine whether or not you have a case to sue for medical malpractice.
- We will help you obtain the evidence you need to prove medical negligence.
- We will obtain the testimony of a medical expert in support of your case. This is a requirement for civil cases involving medical malpractice.
- We will provide you with access to in-depth information pertaining to the specific laws in your state that relate to birth injuries, newborn children, and medical malpractice.
- We will provide you with insights into how to approach your case based on our experience handling cases similar to yours.
- We will help you quantify the monetary damages you are entitled to so that you do not have to pay out-of-pocket for your child’s care and treatment.
Caring for a child with cerebral palsy can cost 25 times more than caring for a child that was born healthy. A legal professional can help you identify and then quantify the types of damages you can recover based on the type of negligence involved in your case, the types of injuries or disabilities faced by your child, and the expenses you endure as a result.
Some of the costs and damages you may be able to recover include:
- Cover for physiotherapy, occupational therapy, or surgery
- Medicine and doctor’s visits
- Diagnostic tests to determine the extent of your child’s injuries and identify which parts of the brain have sustained damage
- Assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, braces, or home improvements to make your home safe and accessible to your child
- Lost income from missing work due to time at home caring for your child
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Medical malpractice cases can be very complicated. Laws vary by state and jurisdiction, and they do not always favor the victim. Furthermore, doctors and healthcare institutions have teams of attorneys representing them and safeguarding their financial interests. Without an experienced legal expert at your side, your chances of winning a birth injury claim can be quite slim.
If your child suffered a birth-related injury and developed cerebral palsy, we can help. Call us today at (800) 222-9529 for a private consultation and case evaluation. We handle all birth injury cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means that you pay nothing upfront and we only collect when you receive compensation and a settlement. To learn more about how to file a case and to initiate the discovery and evidence collection phase of the claims process, call us today.