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At Donahoe Kearney, we believe it's important to empower through education. Here are some of the questions people have when they first contact us about D.C., Maryland and Virginia medical malpractice, serious car accidents, long term disability insurance claims, or workers compensation. We try to provide as much information as we can based on our experience as medical malpractice lawyers in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Since every person is unique, if you have questions or need information about an injury or death in your family, please contact us to talk it through.We'll talk to you, schedule a free initial meeting and give you all the information we can. Call us today at 202-393-3320.

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  • How Can I Tell if My Child Has Cerebral Palsy in DC?

    What Is Cerebral Palsy?What are the Signs and Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

    Cerebral palsy is a movement disorder caused by an injury or abnormality of the brain, usually around the time of birth. As lawyers representing children in medical malpractice cases in DC, Maryland and Virginia, and with cerebral palsy caused by birth injuries, like delay in performing a c-section, we are often asked about signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy. One of the most concerning signs would be if a child is not meeting his or her developmental milestones; not rolling over, sitting up, crawling, standing, walking, or talking when they normally should. Sometimes children with cerebral palsy don't have muscle coordination (this is also called ataxia) or stiff muscles with movement (spasticity). 

    Other signs and symptoms can include problems with sucking or eating, excessive drooling, difficult swallowing, and problems with fine motor skills (like picking up small objects). 

    Sometimes Cerebral Palsy is the Result of Medical Malpractice In Washington DC

    If your child was born prematurely because of infection, or their was a difficult labor, or the hospital was late in delivering the baby, you should be aware that your child's cerebral palsy could be caused by medical malpractice. Holding the hospital or doctors accountable could give your child the resources you need to take care of him or her for the rest of their lives. 

    You Need An Experienced Cerebral Palsy Lawyer To Review Your Medical Records For Signs of Malpractice 

    If you have more questions or need more information about a medical malpractice case in DC, Maryland or Virginia give us a call at 202-393-3320 to speak with a real person today. We will send you our free, no obligation guides Picking Up the Pieces After Medical Malpractice to help you make the best decision for you and your family.

  • My Child Has Cerebral Palsy. How Much Will It Cost To Raise Her In DC?

    My Child Was Diagnosed With Cerebral Palsy. What Will Be The Lifetime Cost Of Care?

    Parents of a child with Cerebral Palsy worry about the future of their special needs child: their health, well-being, and unfortunately, their finances. They worry because most likely, the child with Cerebral Palsy (even severe) will long outlive his parents and will never be able to care for or support him/herself.

    And as a parent, you want (and your child deserves) the best medical care and treatment for his condition, not just the minimum, especially if the child's disability was caused by medical malpractice.  That is why the law allows damages for all of the future care and treatment your child needs: nursing care, medications, doctors visits, modifications to your home to make it handicap accessible, a wheel chair accessible van, and a lot more.  Let's face it, these services and products cost a lot of money.

    Photo of Person Holding PenOver Time, Costs Add Up And Can Cause A Risk Of Financial Issues

    According to a study released by the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) entitled: "Economic Costs Associated with Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Loss and Vision Impairment - United States, 2003" the costs in the U.S, of caring for people with cerebral palsy can reach into the billions over a lifetime. The study shows that “lifetime costs in 2003 dollars are expected to total $51.2 billion for persons born in 2000 with mental retardation, $11.5 billion for persons with Cerebral Palsy, $1.9 billion for persons with hearing loss, and $2.6 billion for persons with vision impairment.”

    Needless to say; that is a profound amount of money needed to care for people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.  And providing for a child with cerebral palsy can be an incredible individual burden on you as parents and on your family - running well into the millions of dollars.  It's even worse when we consider that many times cerebral palsy could have been prevented at the hospital and some parents and families may not even know their child's cerebral palsy was caused by medical malpractice due to hospital errors or doctors' mistakes. 

    Contact Our Experienced Cerebral Palsy Lawyers Today

    If you or somebody that you love has been affected by a hospital error that caused cerebral palsy, please give us a call today to speak to a live person. At no cost or obligation we can send you a book about getting resources for special needs children and discuss whether or not your case was preventable. As experienced medical malpractice lawyers, we can get you started on the right road to getting the resources your child needs. Call us at 202-393-3320; a real person will answer the phone today.

  • A Doctor In A D.C. Hospital Said My Baby Had Hypoxia At Birth. What Is Hypoxia?

    Hypoxia Can Cause Serious Damage And Can Cause Cerebral PalsyHypoxia at Birth in a DC Area Hospital

    Hypoxia is a lack of oxygen to the tissues in the body.  Sometimes it is used to describe a lack of oxygen to the brain as well, meaning the baby is not getting sufficient oxygen to his brain before or during birth.  It is a devastating, sometimes fatal condition that can cause severe brain damage.

    Lack of oxygen to the brain at birth is sometimes called asphyxia as well. The term to describe the severe, permanent injury to the baby's brain is hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathyusually called HIE. This is certainly a cause of cerebral palsy, and can often be medical malpractice if the residents, interns and medical students in the hospital did not recognize and act on the signs and symptoms in time to prevent the injury to the baby. These signs and symptpms can include fetal tachycardia (elevated heart rate), non-reassuring fetal monitoring strips, maternal bleeding, and decreased heart rate in the baby.

    If a doctor told you your baby was hypoxic at birth (that he or she was deprived of oxygen during or around the time of birth and it caused an injury to his brain), you should have the medical records evaluated by an experienced D.C. medical malpractice lawyer to determine whether the injury was caused by medical malpractice and should have been prevented.

    How Do I Know If My Child Has Been Affected By A Medical Mistake?

    The only way to really know if your child's condition, like cerebral palsy, was caused by medical malpractice is to take that first step and have the medical records reviewed.  You may be one step closer to getting your child the resources he or she needs to live a full and healthy life and to provide everything required by the medical condition. We've helped many families with a child affected by medical malpractice in every D.C. hospital. And medical malpractice happens in every D.C. hospital; "good" hospitals can still cause serious injuries.

    If You Suspect Your Child's Condition Was Caused By A Medical Mistake, Contact Our Experienced Workers Comp Lawyers Today

    Medical malpractice cases take time to review and analyze; so call us today so we can get started working to get you and your family the resources you need. You can contact us today at 202-393-3320 for a free consultation with one of our experience staff members.