Could cerebral palsy have been prevented?

 

One of the hardest parts of investigating a medical malpractice case in DC, Maryland or Virginia against a hospital is having to deal with the internal conflict that one may feel about calling the birth of a precious child "a medical mistake." And a lot of people use this term but it's not accurate.  Medical malpractice means the hospital didn't follow established patient safety rules to keep you and your baby safe.  It's not a medical mistake - the hospital was negligent - but whatever term you use, as a parent of a child with cerebral palsy, you know you have greater responsibilities than most parents do.

And one of the big ones is the financial responsibility you have for a child with cerebral palsy.

One thing we know is for sure is that taking care of a child with special-needs can be an exhausting, 24/7 occupation. And we don't pretend that resources are not an issue in this matter.  We're upfront with the families of kids with developmental delays - if your child's disability was caused by medical malpractice or hospital negligence, we'll help you get the money to take care of your child.  No matter your health and financial situation now, you won't always be there to take care of him when he's an adult - what happens then?

That's why we do what we do.

Here is an excerpt from one of our publications, our  Special Needs Resource Guide. It tells you a little bit about our philosophy.

The days are long but the years are short…

If you are a parent or grandparent caring for a special needs child - a child with developmental disabilities and delay or cerebral palsy for example - then you know that is a 24/7 occupation. As many people have said, “the days are long but the years are short”. How do you know what is out there in terms of resources for you and your child or family? Since caring for a disabled child or young adult is a full time, around-the-clock occupation, we have put together this book of resources available for parents, caregivers and families with disabled or special-needs children.

Many of the resources available are public benefits, some are private benefits. Some may have specific disabilities they are a resource for, such as cerebral palsy or autism. Many resources may depend on where the disabled child lives, or income levels, or other factors. We wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to have a list of available resources in your area to use as a starting point in advocating for your child.  There are many other opportunities, resources, and benefits available to children with special needs and their families that are not listed here.

And we're certainly not experts on raising special needs kids (or any kids for that matter).  These are resource opportunities we've identified; many from parents of special needs children we have helped.  And parents are always giving us ideas.  If you know of other resources or ideas that work and could help parents and families with  special needs children, please let us know.  You can email ideas and resources to [email protected] or call (202) 393-3320.

We do this because identifying medical malpractice that led to your child's cerebral palsy could potentially make an enormous difference for your child. And for you. 

If you think that your child's developmental delays or cerebral palsy may have been the result of medical malpractice, hospital negligence, a medical mistake, call us today. There could be time limitations so you don't want to wait. Plus, you will be one step closer to getting the resources that can help your child and your family.  You can reach us a 202-393-3320 and you will speak to a person who wants to hear your story.