Cerebral palsy, or CP is a neurological disorder affecting bodily movement and function caused by brain damage suffered before, during or after birth. It is the main cause of childhood disability in the United States, with 10,000 children diagnosed each year.
There is no cure for CP, and those affected usually require a lifetime of treatment and therapy. Sadly, it is estimated that 1 in 5 cases of cerebral palsy brain damage could have been prevented.
Some of the preventable CP brain damage cases are caused by the negligence or mistake of medical providers. A smaller percentage are caused by physical trauma to infants in accidents or injuries caused by third parties. In both instances, families are entitled to seek compensation.
If your child has been diagnosed with CP, it is important to learn your legal rights. A cerebral palsy lawyer can discuss and investigate your case to let you know what damages you can recover and how long you have to take action.
A cerebral palsy lawyer can file medical malpractice claims against doctors, hospitals or medical staff that missed a crucial diagnosis, administered a dangerous medication, or contributed to an infant’s injury. Other cases may be filed against those responsible for accidents or physical trauma to newborns.
A number of factors have been identified that can lead to fetal and infant brain damage, including:
Approximately 3 out of 4 cases of cerebral palsy brain damage are sustained before birth or during delivery. The remainder are due to injuries after the child is born and a very small percentage are inherited from both parents.
If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it is important to have a cerebral palsy lawyer review their case as soon as possible to determine the cause. You may be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact us today.
Parents in all 50 states have the right to seek compensation for birth injuries suffered as the result of negligence under medical malpractice and personal injury law. However, the rules and amount of time available to file a claim vary for each state.
A qualified cerebral palsy lawyer can let you know the specific requirements to recover in your state, as well as how much time you have to take action.
So far, doctors have not found a cure for the brain tissue damage that causes cerebral palsy. Those affected have numerous treatment and therapy options available to counteract their physical limitations, but may face a lifetime of physical and emotional difficulty.
It is also devastating for parents to learn that their child may have suffered cerebral palsy from an avoidable brain injury. The condition will require sacrifices at home, at work and from other family members.
The functional limitations of cerebral palsy can vary greatly. Some patients only have mild physical symptoms while others with more severe cases may have difficulty walking and talking. The condition can also cause mental disabilities, blindness, epilepsy, difficulty swallowing or deafness.
Parents caring for a child with cerebral palsy also face substantial financial burdens. A 2003 study by the Centers for Disease Control estimated that the total cost to a family over the lifetime of a child with cerebral palsy is close to $1 million. Families shouldn’t face that burden without help from those responsible.
If your child suffered an avoidable brain injury before, during or after birth that lead to cerebral palsy, it is important to learn your legal options. Lawyers have helped thousands of families affected recover compensation.
In most cases, the financial and legal responsibilities of medical professionals and facilities for their mistakes are covered by insurance. It costs nothing for you to speak with a lawyer or file a claim unless you receive compensation from your case.
Due to the complexity of these cases, it is also important to select a lawyer with extensive experience fighting birth injury and medical malpractice cases against large hospitals and insurance companies.
The CP Help Center only recommends lawyers that specialize in cerebral palsy lawsuits and have handled hundreds of cases.
Contact us today for more information on the causes, treatment options and research related to cerebral palsy, or to speak with a lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day to help.