A life-long nervous system condition, Cerebral Palsy strikes in children, unborn babies or infants.
Symptoms can range from minor to severe. This tragic disease makes muscle coordination and movement extremely difficult, resulting in coordination difficulties, such as ataxia (failure to perform controlled movements because of inadequate muscle coordination), spasticity (over-active reflexes and tight or stiff muscles), a bent walk, dragging of one leg or foot while walking, walking on tiptoes, and inconsistent muscle tone.
Medical malpractice claims involving birth injuries are challenging, but obtaining the compensation to which your child is entitled can make a significant difference in your ability to provide them with the care they need and their ability to move forward into their best future when the time comes. This is what makes working closely with a trusted medical malpractice lawyer so important, and you can rely on yours to ably take on all the following critical tasks:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares that cerebral palsy (CP) refers to a suite of disorders that affects the sufferer’s ability to control their movements and to maintain their posture and balance. Further, CP is the most common motor disability seen in children. Because CP is often caused by damage to a fetus’s developing brain over the course of pregnancy or during labor and delivery, it is sometimes associated with birth injuries and medical malpractice.
If your child suffered CP as a result of a medical professional or medical facility’s negligence, you should not wait to consult with an experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorney.
While CP is sometimes caused by a birth injury, it’s not always identifiable at birth. Some signs that CP may be an issue in a newborn, however, include the following:
As the child gets older, common signs of CP include:
With time, more marked symptoms of cerebral palsy can develop.
When CP takes longer to diagnose, it can be more difficult to identify it as a birth injury, but a seasoned medical malpractice lawyer with extensive experience handling these challenging claims has the experience and legal insight to help.
Cerebral palsy is associated with a lifetime of challenges for those affected by it, and while every person’s experience is unique, the effects generally break down into the following basic categories.
CP can lead to the following muscular consequences:
CP often leads to developmental consequences such as the following:
Those afflicted with CP can also face a lifetime of problematic general health concerns such as the following:
All of the potential effects of cerebral palsy can affect your child’s entire future. They might have more struggles in school or with physical activities, affecting their overall potential for success and independence as an adult. They might need to rely on medical equipment and other assistance.
If your child’s impairments are due to birth injuries, your family deserves substantial financial support from the liable medical professionals or facilities.
Often, CP is caused by an error in judgment made on the part of the doctor or another attending medical professional during prenatal care or the labor and delivery process. Common examples include:
An error or oversight on the part of the attending doctor or another medical professional can leave your child with a lifelong disability. Seeking just compensation can play a critical role in your ability to guide your little one on the journey toward regaining their health and well-being to the degree possible.
Anyone can make a mistake, and doctors are no different. We look to medical professionals, however, to provide us with essential care that is predicated on their extensive training and credentials. As a result, they are held to a serious standard of care that – very generally – means they are required to make decisions and to take actions that other reasonable medical professionals would make or take in similar situations. This is why medical malpractice cases involving CP tend to hinge on the testimony of other medical professionals in the same field of medicine.
In order to bring a successful medical malpractice claim, specific elements must be accounted for, including:
The legal damages – or compensation for your attendant losses – you can seek in a cerebral palsy claim that is related to CP can include all the following:
In some claims, the parents can also seek compensation for the immense emotional pain and suffering they experience in the face of their child’s life-altering birth injury. It’s important to emphasize that CP is a permanent condition that requires a lifetime of treatment and care, and your cerebral palsy lawyer will strive to ensure that your complete losses are well represented.
The accomplished Chicago cerebral palsy attorneys at Malman Law have a wealth of experience successfully guiding complex birth injury cases involving CP toward advantageous outcomes that honor our valued clients’ rights and support their brightest futures. Claims involving birth injuries are some of the most tragic we take on, and we’re committed to focusing the full force of our more than 20 years of experience on fiercely advocating for compensation that fairly addresses your losses.
We’ve recovered many millions of dollars for our clients, and we welcome the chance to also help you. Your claim is important, so please don’t wait to contact us online or call us for more information today.
Malman Law’s founder Attorney Steven Malman has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, truck accidents, car accidents, premises liability, construction, and workers’ compensation cases in Chicago, IL.
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