Cerebral Palsy is a debilitating disorder that impacts a person’s ability to move and balance. Cerebral Palsy happens because of damage or abnormalities of a developing child’s brain. Sometimes, it is no one’s fault, but other times it is the result of medical negligence or malpractice.
Raising a child with Cerebral Palsy can be costly. A Dundalk Cerebral Palsy attorney from Brown & Barron is ready to help you with your case.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture.”
There are different types of CP, and doctors classify CP based on the movement disorders the children experience. But in addition to movement problems, children with CP can experience other health disorders, including the following:
- Problems with cognitive function
- Vision, hearing, and speech problems
- joint and spinal problems
With specific interventions, children with CP can gain certain independence and function. But it will depend on the severity of the CP. For example, you might get help from physical and occupational therapists to help your child improve movements and foster independence. You might work with an orthopedic surgeon to help improve joint alignment.
Unfortunately, corrective surgeries and work with specialists can be costly.
Get in touch with a cerebral palsy lawyer serving Dundalk, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy, and Why Might I Decide to Take Legal Action?
Several factors can cause CP. And specific actions increase the risk of a child developing CP. Mayo Clinic notes several causes that could contribute to poor brain development:
- Traumatic head injuries or lack of oxygen
- Bleeding into the brain or fetal stroke
- Infant infections.
In addition, certain factors increase a child’s risk of developing CP, including the following:
- Infants developing inflammation in the areas around the brain
- Infants having jaundice, which has to do with the improper breakdown of red blood cells
- Infants having low birth weight or being born prematurely
Sometimes no one is directly responsible for the problem. Other times CP can happen in part because of the negligence of medical professionals – medical malpractice. Sometimes, the actions of medical personnel at the delivery or shortly after can contribute to a newborn developing CP.
For example, a newborn could experience a head injury caused by the failure of medical staff to exercise safe practices. A doctor could fail to deliver enough oxygen to the baby during delivery. Or a doctor might fail to treat jaundice or infections properly.
If a doctor or other medical group failed to give adequate care for your baby, you might be able to seek compensation for your child’s CP.
Act fast as the time limit to pursue legal action is three years from the discovery of the injury or five years from the injury itself, whichever is earlier, per Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-109.
What Sort of Compensation Can I Get If My Child has Cerebral Palsy?
Often, the costs of caring for a child with CP are substantial. For example, you may need to spend a considerable amount on surgeries, medications, and specialist help for your child. You may also be unable to work like you usually would because of the special care you need to provide to your child.
Compensation in a Cerebral Palsy case could help with the cost of treating your child’s condition. In addition, you may be able to receive compensation for things like your child’s pain and suffering caused by the CP. Getting legal help early on can help you understand your options.
Help from a Cerebral Palsy Attorney
Working with an attorney can increase your chances of getting adequate compensation. A Cerebral Palsy attorney can work with you to carefully review the factors that contributed to your child’s CP. They can help you gather evidence of a doctor’s negligence or malpractice.
At your initial free consultation, an attorney can go over your legal options and estimate how much you may be able to receive in compensation. If you decide to work with us, we act as your legal representation and help you communicate with everyone involved.
We also understand that the paperwork and timing of your case can get confusing. We are familiar with Maryland’s laws and will work with you to ensure you don’t miss deadlines for filing your claim. Therefore, it is helpful to get legal help early on.
Costs of Hiring a Cerebral Palsy Attorney
At Brown & Barron, we only charge you for our services if we help you get compensation in your case. If we help you recover compensation, we take a percentage to cover our legal expenses. This contingency fee structure is quite helpful. It allows you to take advantage of our expert legal advice before worrying about legal fees.
At Brown & Barron, our motto is “Restoring lives. Restoring justice.” We fight for those who others have hurt. Many clients have been highly satisfied with our firm. Here are what some of them had to say:
“Everyone that I came in contact with at Brown & Barron was extremely helpful and courteous. I felt very confident in my case after meeting the legal team. I would recommend them to anyone.” ~ Alexia.
“They are a very consistent company and make sure you know the process and the stages you’re going through. Also, they let you know all the information they receive about your case and keep you updated on everything they do.” ~ Julian
Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation
At Brown & Barron, we understand the financial strain for those who have a child with CP. We work to hold medical professionals accountable and want you to get the compensation you deserve. Starting with a free consultation can help you understand your potential options. We are ready to answer your questions and help you with your case.
Contact us today for your free, no-obligation consultation.
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