Cerebral palsy (CP) can have devastating physical and cognitive complications that can affect a child for the rest of their lives. If your child suffers from CP due to a medical mistake made during childbirth, Brown & Barron can help you seek justice.
A Waldorf cerebral palsy attorney can assist with a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit against the negligent doctor, nurse, or medical facility responsible for your child’s birth injury. We can secure compensation to pay for medical treatment and other services your child needs.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy are Life-Altering
CP is a permanent condition with various symptoms affecting movement, learning ability, physical development, and more. Children who suffer from CP may experience:
- Stiff muscles
- Exaggerated reflexes
- Tremors, jerky movements, or slow, writhing movements
- Problems with balance and coordination
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty with fine motor skills
- Speech problems
- Problems eating, drinking, and swallowing
- Intellectual disabilities and learning difficulties
- Hearing and vision impairment
- Bladder and bowel problems
- Emotional disorders and behavior problems
Get in touch with a cerebral palsy lawyer serving Waldorf, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
Our Cerebral Palsy Attorneys Can Pursue Compensation for Your Child and Family
Every parent wants the best for their child, so it can be heartbreaking to learn they will face additional obstacles because of a birth injury. However, if your child’s CP was preventable with proper medical care, you deserve compensation. We can fight for financial resources to pay for medical treatments, educational services, and therapies your child may need to reach their full potential.
Our cerebral palsy attorneys can seek awards for:
- Past and future medical bills. Children with CP may require a lifetime of medical services. We can pursue reimbursement for your current medical expenses and awards for your child’s expected future medical needs. This may include doctor and hospital fees, physical and occupational therapy, mobility aids, hearing and vision aids, medical procedures, medications, and in-home health services.
- Special education and services. You want your child to have access to schooling and services they need to learn and develop. Our attorneys can seek awards to pay for speech therapy, tutoring, private schooling, and learning materials.
- Pain and suffering. Also called non-economic damages, pain and suffering compensation awards victims for the negative impact of their injury on their overall quality of life. Your child may be entitled to monetary awards for physical pain, emotional suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life. However, Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 3-2A-09 caps non-economic damages for medical malpractice. Our lawyers can tell you more about the cap and work to maximize your pain and suffering compensation.
- Maternal injuries. If the child’s mother also suffered an injury during childbirth, we can assist with a separate malpractice case to recover damages.
- Lost wages. You may have to reduce your hours at work, take a lower-paying job, or retire to care for your child. We can recover your lost income, earnings, benefits, and the loss of your future earning capacity. We may also secure compensation for the loss of your child’s earning potential.
- Transportation and home modifications. If your child requires a wheelchair, walker, or other mobility aid, you may need to purchase a new vehicle, hire special transportation services, or renovate your home to be more accessible. We can help you recover the cost of these and other injury-related modifications and miscellaneous expenses.
We Assist Families Coping with Fatal Birth Injuries
If your child died because of a birth injury, we offer our deepest condolences. We understand that seeking compensation cannot relieve your grief, but holding the liable health care provider responsible may provide you with a measure of justice and the means to pay for damages without jeopardizing your financial future.
Our lawyers can assist you with a wrongful death case to recover your medical expenses and compensate you for pain and suffering. In addition, we can help file your lawsuit before the three-year statute of limitations outlined in Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 3-904 expires.
Cerebral Palsy and Medical Malpractice
Abnormal fetal brain development causes most cases of CP. However, according to the Merck Manual, around 20 percent of CP cases stem from complications immediately before, during, or after labor and delivery. One of the primary causes of birth-related CP is a lack of oxygen or blood flow to the fetus (birth asphyxia). Childbirth problems that can result in CP include:
- Preterm labor
- Breach, shoulder, or another abnormal birth positioning
- Problems with the placenta or umbilical cord
- Fetal brain injury
- Abnormal fetal or maternal heart rate
- Improper use of forceps or vacuums
- Failure to diagnose and treat maternal infections that can cause genetic abnormalities, such as Zika virus, rubella, or toxoplasmosis
If your doctor failed to correctly identify or respond to CP risks, signs of birth asphyxia, or other complications, your child’s injury could be due to medical malpractice.
Our Law Firm Will Stand by Your Side
Your family is going through a difficult time. You have enough on your plate as you navigate how to care for your child. The last thing you should face is mounting medical expenses, piles of paperwork, or dealing with phone calls and emails from the insurance company.
Our team can take care of every detail of your insurance claim or lawsuit so that you can focus on your family. We will collect case evidence, consult with medical experts about your child’s condition (with your permission), calculate your past and future damages, file your insurance claims paperwork, and fight for a fair settlement during negotiations.
We may take your case to civil court to secure the awards you need. We will ensure we file your case before the statute of limitations for medical malpractice runs out. According to Maryland Courts & Judicial Proceedings Code section 5-109, you have the lesser of five years from your child’s injury or three years from the time you discovered the injury to take action.
Call to Learn More About How Our Waldorf Cerebral Palsy Lawyers Will Fight for You
Our Waldorf cerebral palsy attorneys take cases on contingency, meaning we do not get paid until we win your case. For a free case consultation, contact Brown & Barron today.
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