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The parents of a child with cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice in D.C. should take these initial steps.

A child with cerebral palsy may need medical care and treatment for the rest of his life.  He may not be able to work as an adult.  He may need to be protected from others.  He may need to be helped with basic needs during his life.  He may not be able to live on his own.

So it's critical to make sure that child or young person has the means and resources available to be taken care of. 

And if the child's CP was caused by negligence by a doctor, nurse or hospital when he was born, then they should be responsible for the harm they have done. 

Investigating whether a child's cerebral palsy was caused by medical malpractice requires a few initial steps:

1.  Get all of the medical records as soon as you can.  The complete hospital chart, NICU records, prenatal care records, pediatrician records - everything you can think of regarding the prenatal care, birth and the child's medical treatment after birth.

2.  Get all of the actual films or images of any MRIs or sonograms - usually these have to be ordered separately.

3.  Get lawyers you can trust, who will work with you every step of the way during the investigation and analysis of the case, after the case is filed, and all the way through - even after the case is over, we continue to work with people we represent. 

We are different.  We spend the time, effort and resources getting to know you and your child, so we can use the case to solve the problems and challenges you will encounter as the parents of a child with cerebral palsy.

And we start this process by getting to know you, evaluating and analyzing all of the medical information and working with top experts (usually doctors of different specialties who are familiar with cerebral palsy, it's causes and medical care) in their fields.

All of this is done for one reason - to help you with the challenges and issues you now face.

And by the way, we take steps 1 and 2 for you as well.  If you have a child or relative with cerebral palsy, please call us and see how we can help.  The call is confidential and free, of course.  And we guarantee we can give you information, tips and resources that can help.