If I have learned anything about families of children with special needs over the years, it's that parents love their children with a ferocity and a doggedness that will get them through all of the hard times. The medical expenses, in-home care, the meltdowns, the physical therapy, the occupational therapy, the special-needs schools: all of it is worth it for this child who is so well loved, and was born with cerebral palsy.
The love of these parents is so fierce that, they might even be tempted to go on the defensive when it is suggested that their child's CP could have been prevented. And that perhaps their doctors were negligent, and should pay for their negligence.
Why even go there? My child is perfect exactly the way they are.
On that point, you would be 100% correct. Your child is perfect exactly the way that they are. But, consider this. If you had a chance to make your child's life better, would you? Of course you would. If you had an opportunity to fund those retro-fitted homes, therapies, special-schools, and in-home care, would you? Of course you would. If you had an opportunity to hire a qualified child-care provider who knows how to deal with the meltdowns? Yes, of course (you do need a little you-time after all). If you had a chance to make the doctor and/or hospital share in the financial and emotional burdens that you've shouldered for the past several years all on your own because they are, in fact, responsible?
OF COURSE YOU WOULD.
This isn't about making a statement about your child. If you had the chance to go back and do it all over again, we know that you would choose to have your child with special-needs and that you love your child so very fiercely. Doesn't that mean that you have the responsiblility to look into what really happened at the hospital, to determine if they were negligent? Can you imagine what a sizeable settlement would do for your quality of life; for the child and for your whole family? Can you imagine what life might be like if these things that you struggle to pay for were paid for?
Of course you can. At least, you can dream about it!
Not everybody has a case, of course. But if you had any type of birth trauma, asphyxia (lack oxygen or bloodflow to the brain), fetal heart rate too high or too low, etc. you might have a case against the hospital and/or the physician. The hospital will not tell you that they were negligent; this has to be determined by reviewing medical records. And there are statutes of limitations to file medical malpractice cases in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, so give us a call today and we can explain how it works to you.
You can reach us a 202-393-3320 today. Give us a call and you will speak with a real person who wants to hear your story.
Here's just one example of a story in which we participated, getting the lifetime costs of his needs for his family.