My child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. How can I tell whether it was caused by medical malpractice?

Cerebral palsy and developmental delays can be caused by medical malpractice.

Cerebral palsy and brain damage are sometimes due to medical malpractice or negligence, other times they are not.  The first step in evaluating whether a baby suffered brain damage or cerebral palsy from a birth injury (sometimes called birth trauma) is to obtain all of the medical records for the prenatal care, labor and delivery, NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) and follow up care.

This is how we get started investigating a case for cerebral palsy in DC, Maryland or Virginia.  We have a well developed system for investigating malpractice cases and working with parents of special needs children.  We also give parents lots of information that can help their child and their family, even if we later determine the child's injuries were not caused by malpractice.

As lawyers representing families and children in medical malpractice cases we will then usually have the medical records evaluated by experts.  Oftentimes, an evaluation is required by experts in different specialties, such as obstetrics, maternal fetal medicine, neonatology, pediatric neurology, etc.  We work closely with specialized experts to help you understand everything that happened with the medical care you and your child received. 

This is necessary to determine whether the doctor, nurse or hospital did not provide medical care that met the standard of care (essentially what a reasonable, prudent healthcare provider would have done in the same or similar circumstances), and if that failure to meet the standard of care, or a violation of patient safety rules,  caused the child's cerebral palsy or brain damage.  

For more information and to learn how we can help, just call us for a confidential, no obligation discussion (since we don't advertise - we're not TV lawyers - we make time every week to talk to real people going through the same things you and your family are dealing with every day.

Once you call us at (202) 393 - 3320, we'll send you some valuable books, guides and reports (all free) that can help as well.