Special Needs Child Attacked by Family Dog

Posted on Feb 24, 2019

Cerebral Palsy Kids and Injuries

Sometimes the Unthinkable Happens, and Life Piles On

We have seen many brave families of children with special needs dealing with the unthinkable every single day. Children who don't develop alongside their peers, older children who still require assistance with toileting, feeding themselves, management of medications, and normal family dynamics. 

And yet the sweetest and most refreshing part of the whole situation is those kids are loved, and wanted and cared for. End of story.

These parents deserve a medal, because we all know that parenting is hard enough.

I would say that the parents in this story deserve a medal, and more.

It's rare that you hear a story like this these days - but dog aggression does happen. According to the Daily Advertiser this sweet girl with cerebral palsy and developmental delays was attacked by the family dog.  Dogs are great, they provide a lot of love and companionship for lots of people with disabilities, but this sweet little girl was attacked nonetheless and then had to deal with her injuries and limitations with an already-limited emotional skill set.

With the medical bills piling up and both parents experiencing joblessness, the family in the story was having trouble making ends meet.

We hear this type of story far too often.

Parents of children with special needs have so much on their plate that they don't have time to think about their rights, and sometimes even their responsibilities beyond the "day to day." Much of the time cerebral palsy and developmental delays are caused by negligence or medical malpractice on the part of doctors, nurses, and hospital facilities. A baby going without oxygen to the brain for any amount of time is something that physicians and staff should be prepared for, and should be prepared to limit. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

It is the responsibility of the parents of a child with special needs to investigate their options. Because if the injury was indeed due to malpractice, there is no reason why they should be scratching, saving, and struggling to meet the needs of their child and all of their expenses. There may be resources available to the parents and family by holding the hospital accountable for causing the child's cerebral palsy.

If your child has cerebral palsy or developmental delays, or another type of birth injury don't wait to have your case investigated. Give us a call at 202-393-3320 and you will speak to a real person who wants to hear your story. You won't pay anything to have your case investigated -- that's our promise to you. 

And remember to order our free, no obligation guide to resources for special needs kids in the DC area.  This resource guide was developed from years of working with families of children with cerebral palsy and developmental delays in the DC area - so it should have something that can help you and your family.

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