Cerebral Palsy Is Sometimes Preventable & Caused By 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.
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 subsequent treatment 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 Entail?
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 as the child 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 need to monitor the child until they pass what would reasonably be certain benchmarks that they would pass if they were healthy. Each case is different, and our cerebral palsy lawyers can give you a more specific estimation when the medical records have been reviewed.
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 online contact form to set up your initial consultation.