While the birth of your child is a joyous and momentous occasion, it can also be extremely devastating if your child suffers a birth injury that results in cerebral palsy. Also known as CP, this medical condition can have significant and lifelong consequences for your child and your family.
For many parents, hearing that their child has cerebral palsy is one of the more difficult things to experience. This is a situation that can present a lifetime of obstacles most people have never thought about or experienced before. A Baltimore cerebral palsy attorney from Brown & Barron can provide legal guidance during this difficult time. We are here to help you understand your options and help your child receive the long-term care they need.
Why Work With a Baltimore Cerebral Palsy Attorney?
Cerebral palsy can severely limit your child’s ability to pursue education, employment, and otherwise live their life. On top of that, the necessary medical treatment that can help limit the effects of cerebral palsy are very costly. If a doctor’s negligence caused your child to suffer from cerebral palsy, a birth injury lawsuit can give your child their best chance at a full life.
When you work with Brown & Barron, you will receive:
- Award-winning attorneys with 135+ years combined legal experience, who specialize in complex medical cases
- Local attorneys and a local firm, serving only Maryland and DC clients
- Attorneys who will treat you like you are a part of our family
Our extensive knowledge and dedication to clients have resulted in millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. Since we operate on a “no recovery, no fee” basis, you have absolutely nothing to lose by reaching out to us, and everything to gain. While we aim to settle your claim outside of court, we’re unafraid of fighting for your right to fair compensation before a judge and jury at trial if necessary
Get in touch with a cerebral palsy lawyer serving Baltimore, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
You Could Be Entitled to Recover Damages
Accommodating a child with cerebral palsy can take a huge financial toll on your family. You could hold the medical professional responsible if you can prove they were negligent.
The amount of compensation you could receive in a cerebral palsy claim varies in each case. The severity of your child’s injury could influence the value of your claim. Typical recoverable damages in a cerebral palsy claim include:
- Medical care: You could recover for any doctor’s appointments, hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and medication costs you have had to pay out-of-pocket.
- Future medical expenses: You can include any future medical care expenses in your claim. Our attorneys work with experts in the medical and economic fields to determine the value of future medical expenses.
- Cost of therapies: Your child might require physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, or recreational therapy.
- Lost income: If you or your child’s other parent could not work in the same capacity while caring for your child, you can include your lost wages, paid time off, retirement contributions, and any other types of income in your claim.
- Mobility equipment: You can add mobility equipment to your claim if your child needs a wheelchair, mobility scooter, communication device, or other assistive devices.
The attorneys at Brown & Barron will help you seek the maximum amount of compensation for your losses. We want to hold the people who caused your child’s injuries accountable.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is an incredibly serious and dangerous health concern that results from damage to the head or brain during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. This brain damage can result in loss of motor control, coordination, and balance. While cerebral palsy can have adverse effects on the child’s entire body, it can also be limited to one limb or one side of the body.
A person who has severe cerebral palsy may struggle to walk. They may have to use a wheelchair or other special equipment. In addition, many people who have cerebral palsy could suffer from seizures, intellectual disabilities, speech issues, vision and hearing issues, and joint problems.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
Medical professionals classify cerebral palsy based on the affected area of the brain. The part of the brain that is affected is associated with the type of movement involved. Movement disorders consist of:
- Spasticity: This is the most common type of cerebral palsy. It is indicated by stiffened muscles that can cause movements to be awkward.
- Dyskinesia: Patients often have uncontrollable movement of muscles in the arms, hands, legs, and feet, leading to difficulty sitting, standing, or walking. In some cases, the face and the tongue can be affected. Usually, if this occurs, they will have trouble swallowing or talking.
- Ataxia: This type of cerebral palsy causes problems with balance and coordination. Sufferers struggle to make quick movements and could be unsteady when they walk.
Some people may have mixed cerebral palsy. This occurs when someone has more than one type. The most common type of mixed cerebral palsy is when someone suffers from spastic and dyskinetic cerebral palsy.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
In most cases, cerebral palsy is congenital, caused by prenatal injuries to the infant. However, in 20% of cases, cerebral palsy is caused during the actual birth, with 10% of injuries occurring after the birth. That leaves 70% of cerebral palsy cases most likely caused by failure to monitor or other issues that arise during pregnancy.
Understanding some of the common causes of cerebral palsy can be important when determining if someone is accountable for the injuries sustained. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, some common causes of CP include:
- Pregnancy infections: Doctors must ensure that any infections a mother has are treated effectively so they are not passed on to the baby. Both rubella and cytomegalovirus are known causes of cerebral palsy.
- Asphyxiation: If there is a lack of oxygen to the baby during the pregnancy, labor, or delivery, it may cause cerebral palsy. Doctors must work quickly if they identify asphyxia.
- Untreated jaundice: Jaundice is a condition where a newborn has a yellow hue to their skin or eyes. It must be treated, especially in the most severe cases. This is the responsibility of the doctor, and if they fail to act, it can be considered negligence.
Doctors must act once they notice any sign or symptom of distress with the baby. Allowing something to persist for an extended time is dangerous and puts the infant at risk of developing a serious condition such as cerebral palsy.
Contact Brown & Barron for a Free Consultation
Watching your child suffer from cerebral palsy can be absolutely heartbreaking, and the consequences of negligent medical care have the potential to emotionally, physically, and mentally traumatize both you and your baby.
At Brown & Barron, we know there is no way to turn back time and provide your child with the health and future that he or she deserves. However, our Baltimore cerebral palsy attorneys can help ease the situation by obtaining compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as your child’s past and future medical expenses. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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