Cerebral palsy is a medical condition that affects motor skills, muscle tone, and movement. Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage that happens before, during, or after birth.
If your family is affected by cerebral palsy caused by a preventable birth injury, you are encouraged to learn about potential compensation. Newsome | Melton is a nationwide law firm that focuses on the most serious physical and cognitive injuries, including cerebral palsy. We may be able to recover compensation for your suffering and damages.
Please call today for a free consultation: (855) 633-2757.
When You Should Call a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cerebral palsy is the most common childhood motor disability in the world.
You should know that:
- Four out of every 1,000 babies or children have some form of cerebral palsy.
- There is no cure, but there are treatments, therapy, and special equipment that improves a child’s quality of life.
- Some people with the disorder need critical care.
Should our legal team of cerebral palsy lawyers show how medical malpractice caused your child’s cerebral palsy, your family could recover compensation to help pay for your child’s care.
Your state has a statute of limitations for pursuing legal action for medical malpractice. Please call Newsome | Melton today for a free consultation: (855) 633-2757.
How Newsome | Melton May Help Your Family Recover Compensation
No one expects that the birth of their child will result in a lifelong medical condition with physical and cognitive impairment. You might feel overwhelmed with the emotions that a cerebral palsy diagnosis may bring.
The last thing you need is to deal with the financial pressure to pay for your child’s medical well-being.
A cerebral palsy lawyer with Newsome | Melton will take care of seeking recovery on your behalf if you qualify. We will:
- Investigate the circumstances of your pregnancy, labor, delivery, and post-delivery medical care.
- Look for signs of medical error, negligence, omission, and the failure to provide an acceptable level of care for you and your infant.
- Secure medical experts who help support any findings of negligence or malpractice.
- File a claim with the medical provider’s medical malpractice insurance to get you the compensation your family deserves.
- Take your case to court if the other side will not negotiate a fair settlement.
Our lawyers work on a contingency basis. You owe attorney fees when and if we are successful in recovering compensation.
How Medical Malpractice May Cause Cerebral Palsy
According to the Mayo Clinic, cerebral palsy can occur when a child suffers an abnormality or disruption in brain development. This may occur while your baby is still in the womb. It may also happen during labor and delivery or within the first few years of a child’s life.
Preventable birth injuries that may lead to cerebral palsy include:
- Lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain during labor or delivery.
- Disruption in the blood supply that may cause a fetal
- Infections that cause inflammation.
- Bleeding in the brain either before or after birth.
- Traumatic brain injury from dropping or shaking a newborn.
Newsome | Melton has a deep understanding of what is required to show negligence in these types of injuries. We work hard to help you recover potential compensation from a negligent provider or facility.
We invite you to call today for a free consultation: (855) 633-2757
Identifying Risk Factors for Cerebral Palsy
Your doctor or healthcare provider may be held accountable if he or she fails to recognize and address certain risk factors for cerebral palsy.
Our cerebral palsy lawyers at Newsome | Melton may find overlooked risk factors that include:
- Mother’s exposure to certain infections or toxic substances, including German measles (rubella), herpes, Zika virus, and thyroid problems
- Certain illnesses in a newborn, such as bacterial meningitis, viral cheilitis, or untreated jaundice
- Premature birth
- Extremely low birthweight
- Breech birth or other abnormal presentation
- Multiple births (such as twins or triplets)
A careless healthcare provider should be held accountable for your suffering and losses. You may also help prevent a negligent doctor from causing future harm. For a free consultation, call Newsome | Melton today: (855) 633-2757.
What Is Required to Show Medical Malpractice in a Cerebral Palsy Case
Even the most careful physician or other healthcare providers, like a physician’s assistant or midwife, can make a mistake. A lawyer who proves medical malpractice must show certain conditions to seek compensation:
- There is a doctor-patient relationship.
- The doctor or provider breached the expected duty of care through carelessness or omission.
- This negligence caused injury and damages from a cerebral palsy diagnosis.
A lawyer with Newsome | Melton may be able to recover damages if he or she shows that another healthcare provider under similar circumstances could have avoided the injury or condition that resulted in cerebral palsy.
Potential Compensation in a Cerebral Palsy Case
Cerebral palsy can be limited primarily to one limb, one side, or the entire body, according to the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms may or may not worsen with age. They may also be associated with complications or health conditions.
The lifecare and medical expenses associated with cerebral palsy may be out of your family’s financial reach. A lawyer with Newsome | Melton will make a careful valuation of your present and future damages.
Your family may be able to recover compensatory damages such as:
- Corrective surgery
- Medical treatment
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
- Special medical and educational equipment and devices
- Lifecare costs
- Adaptations for your home such as wheelchair ramps and wider doorways
- Lost income (for both the primary caregiver and your child’s reduced earning ability)
- Pain and suffering
- Other associated expenses
It is your legal right to pursue compensation if medical negligence caused or contributed to your child’s cerebral palsy.
Newsome | Melton Is Here to Help with Your Medical Malpractice Case
You may feel anxious, upset, or overwhelmed if your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy caused by a preventable birth injury. Our team of legal and medical professionals is here to help you and your family with personalized, responsive representation.
For a free, no-obligation consultation, call Newsome | Melton now: (855) 633-2757.