Cerebral palsy, or CP, is not a disease. It is a term used to describe a set of motor disabilities. These disabilities are usually identified in childhood, but they can occur at any time. The underlying causes of CP mostly occur before a child is born. Roughly 90% of all CP cases are congenital–this means they exist when a baby is born. The disabilities that characterize cerebral palsy are linked to damage to the motor centers of the brain. Once these centers are damaged, they do not heal. This makes cerebral palsy a permanent disorder.
Although some patients can overcome their disabilities with long-term treatment, the symptoms of cerebral palsy can worsen over time. If your child or someone you know suffers from cerebral palsy, we can help you. Speak with the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-952 today. We will help you every step of the way and can assist you in seeking the damages and compensation–if any–that the law entitles to cases such as yours. Do not hesitate to contact us.
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Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a debilitating disorder that affects the stricken individual from the moment they sustain brain injuries and lasts with them as long as they live. Babies born with cerebral palsy can have issues feeding, sucking, and swallowing. Children can have movement and mobility issues. Adolescents can have social, emotional, and learning issues. Adults and the elderly can have breathing problems and bone issues.
These issues can have a significant impact on the life of the patient as well as his or her family and loved ones. Cerebral palsy is the most commonly occurring motor disability in childhood and a child is born with the condition every hour. If there is any reason to believe that your child has the condition and sustained it because of preventable mistakes, omissions, or errors of someone who should have known better or performed his or her duties better, you have the right to seek compensation and damages from them.
Some of the more common symptoms of CP are delineated below.
- Stiff, rigid, or floppy muscles.
- Limited head control.
- Shaking or jerky movements.
- Inhibited motor development.
- A lack of coordination.
- A slack jaw or a lopsided mouth.
- A lack of fine motor skills.
- Sensory issues.
- Seizures or muscle spasms.
The care costs of children with CP are about 10 times higher than the care costs of healthy children. The care costs of children who have an additional disorder alongside their CP–disorders such as epilepsy and communication issues are common with CP–then the care costs can balloon to a figure that is 25 times higher. If you are not sure how to proceed, what you need to do, or whom to speak to, we are just a call away. Our team of empathetic and understanding birth injury lawyers is here to provide you with guidance and assistance.
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To seek damages from someone you consider to be at fault for having caused your child’s injuries, you must do the following:
- Send them a notice that informs them that you intend to sue them.
- Include in your notice evidence of malpractice. This often takes the form of the testimony of a medical expert.
- File a claim to the right court within the predefined time frame for seeking damages. This differs from state to state and across different types of injuries and claims.
- Prove that the defendant you intend to sue owed your injured child a duty of care.
The duty of care is a measure used to classify healthcare services as either adequate and competent or inadequate and incompetent. It works as follows:
- Admitting yourself into a hospital and the care of a specific doctor or care team may mean that you are owed a duty of care. For birth and delivery cases, the doctor must provide anyone they owe a duty of care with care for the mother and her child commensurate to what medical best practices dictate.
- You must prove that the doctor who owed you a duty of care did not provide you with that duty. This can happen if he or she acted negligently, did not have the expertise or training to care for you, or made detrimental errors while caring for you.
- If you’ve established that the doctor owed you a duty of care but did not fulfill it, you have to prove that you suffered damages or injuries as a result.
- Finally, you must prove that the damages and/or injuries that you suffered because of the doctor’s incompetence, negligence, inexperience, or errors and the injuries you sustained, as a result, caused you to suffer physical, mental, or financial losses.
We can help you connect the dots with the above and credibly prove that you were owed a duty of care but did not receive the care you were owed. This is tantamount to negligence and can entitle you to certain damages and compensation depending on the specifics of your case.
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A diagnosis of cerebral palsy can lead to significant care and treatment overheads. We can help you seek compensation for these monetary losses. Some of the categories that you can include in your civil damages claim are:
- Medical expenses, hospitalization costs, surgical fees, medicine costs, diagnostic testing costs.
- Therapy, rehabilitation, and training or retraining costs.
- Lost income, reduced income, and lost opportunities.
- Compensation for pain and suffering, emotional trauma, mental anguish, fear, anxiety, or PTSD. Some of these ailments can take a long time to recover from.
- Punitive damages if malicious or wanton negligence caused someone harm.
Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group now. You can reach us at (800) 222-9529. We provide free and fast case evaluations and provide legal services on a contingency-fee-basis. We don’t collect unless you do, and we can help you manage your cerebral palsy damages claim as we’ve helped countless other families. You have nothing to lose so call now.