Cerebral Palsy Caused by Medical Malpractice in DC

Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis in Washington DC Area

Your child was just diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Now what? What does that mean for you and your child in the future? Will you be able to financially and emotionally support your child? What can you do to ensure a bright future for your special needs child?

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that results from the abnormal development to areas of the brain that control the motor function. It can be caused by head injuries, lack of oxygen in the brain, infection in the mother during pregnancy, etc.

One of most unfortunate causes of cerebral palsy that we see in DC and Maryland is medical malpractice. Maybe the doctor did not follow up on test results and so was not able to detect the infection in time. Or, maybe the doctor and nurses failed to follow standard patient care during the time the mother was in labor. Maybe the medical interns and residents did not understand the signs and symptoms of fetal distress, so they didn't call the attending doctor or a supervisor.  There are many medical mistakes that can cause damage to the infant’s brain.

If medical malpractice or negligence was the cause of cerebral palsy, the child and family has the right to be financially compensated for the child’s special needs and medical care.

The fact is, sometimes a disabled child’s needs are overwhelming.

Your child may need to be fed, dressed, bathed, exercised, changed and carried. You constantly worry about paying for the medical care, physical therapy and medical equipment. You probably need a contractor to renovate your home so it is handicap accessible.

Cerebral palsy is a lifelong disorder and the goal of treatments like physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy is to help the person be as independent as possible.

It is important to recognize that you have options to help your child lead a more secure and independent life.  A medical malpractice case in DC or Maryland to hold the hospital accountable for their actions could help you to acquire the funds and resources necessary to pay for your child’s needs, especially when you are no longer there to provide for them.  You need to help ensure that your child can one day live on his/her own or afford the assistance of a caretaker or nurse.

Find Out If Your Child's Cerebral Palsy Is Due To A Birth Injury At a DC Area Hospital

Take the necessary steps to investigate whether or not your child was a victim of medical malpractice.  Call us at (202)393-3320 today to talk confidentially about your situation. Or simply order one of our free guides that will get you the information you need to get started.

But don't delay.  The longer you wait, the longer your child goes without the resources he or she needs.  And all cases have time limits - waiting too long could mean you have lost your chance at getting the financial resources your child needs.  

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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