Cerebral Palsy Can Be Caused by Medical Malpractice
When your child has cerebral palsy, it's a full-time occupation for their parents. Cerebral palsy can be relatively minor (muscle control issues, fine motor skills problems) to very serious (full incapacitation). No matter where your child lands on the spectrum, cerebral palsy requires treatment by specialists, special equipment, and supplies. It can be very expensive to raise a child with cerebral palsy, and if the issues were caused by malpractice, it only makes sense that the hospital or provider at fault should cover those expenses.
In the District of Columbia, a child with cerebral palsy due to a birth injury, or a child injured by another person's negligence, can get money damages to make up for the harms and losses they suffered through a medical malpractice case in DC against the hospital or doctor that caused the child's cerebral palsy - usually because the baby was not delivered in time, or there was a misdiagnosis that led to the baby's being premature and suffering from cerebral palsy or other developmental delays due to being born prematurely.
Some of those harms and losses a child with cerebral palsy may have are:
- the cost of future medical care and treatment,
- the cost of modifying your home to make it accessible, safe and comfortable for your child,
- the cost of a nurse to come in and help take care of the child,
- the cost of motorized wheelchairs or scooters,
- the cost of a handicap accessible van,
- the income she lost since she will never work as an adult
What is Cerebral Palsy & How Do I Know How Serious My Child's Cerebral Palsy Is?
Cerebral Palsy is caused by brain damage to a certain part of the brain that can occur as the child develops in the womb, during childbirth due to asphyxia, and in a few other ways. The damage is to the motor cortex of the brain and results in difficulty with gross and fine motor skills development, balance, speech, muscle tone, and other types of development. Cases of cerebral palsy range from mild to severe; some children with Cerebral Palsy grow up to be completely self-sufficient while some need 24/7 care now and will need it for their whole lives - long after their parents are gone. Your doctor or specialists will be able to tell you how bad the cerebral palsy is: as your child grows and develops, severe cases will need constant care long after their peers are self-sufficient.
How Can I Know If My Child's Cerebral Palsy Was Caused by Medical Malpractice in DC?
Experienced Cerebral Palsy Attorneys will be able to tell if your child's condition was caused by malpractice. When Donahoe Kearney lawyers agree to review a case, first we will ask that you send us the medical records associated with the mother's pre-natal care and the child's birth, as well as subsequent medical care. Our lawyers will be looking for indicators such as pre-term labor, difficult labor, pre-eclampsia, and any other conditions that might have resulted in the child's brain being deprived oxygen. This will determine whether or not the cerebral palsy was preventable. The lawyers will then review the medical records from your child's NICU treatment and pediatrician to establish the severity of the cerebral palsy, and the potential scope of the lawsuit.
How Long Will a Cerebral Palsy Case in DC Take, and What Does It Involve?
Generally speaking, the cerebral palsy case can last as long as it takes to determine the extent of the injury, which could be several years if the child is young and is still developing. In order to make an accurate assessment of how much time and money will likely go into your child's lifetime cost of care, we will have a life care planner and medical specialists assess your child's needs - what your child will need to live a full and healthy life despite having cerebral palsy. It really depends on how old your child is and the extent of his or her injuries and disability.
It doesn't cost anything for our firm to review your child's case, and we will give you honest and up-front answers based on that investigation. Once we can review all of the medical information, we can give you a better time estimate.
But it is important to get started now - the sooner we can get to work on your child's cerebral palsy medical malpractice case, the sooner we can start helping your child, your family and you.
Contact Our Experienced Washington D.C. Cerebral Palsy Attorneys Today
If you think your child's cerebral palsy might have been caused by medical malpractice in DC, don't delay in contacting our cerebral palsy lawyers today. We can get you started by speaking with an experienced staff member who wants to hear your story, and having our medical malpractice attorneys review your child's medical records for no cost or obligation.
Contact us today at 202-393-3320 or fill out our confidential, no obligation contact form to set up your initial consultation.