Cerebral palsy (CP) occurs for a variety of reasons, and many of them are involved with certain types of birth injuries. This condition can have a devastating effect on your child's future, and if a doctor's negligence is at fault, you should not hesitate to take legal action. You can find help in pursuing the compensation your family deserves by contacting The Tolson Firm, LLC to speak with an Atlanta medical malpractice attorney from our team. We have more than 30 years of combined experience fighting for our injured clients and their families and have successfully litigated dozens of multi-million dollar settlements. Ms. Tolson has been named among the Top 100 Female Lawyers in Georgia and the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Georgia for four consecutive years, and we are ready to begin work on your case today.
If your infant was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, dial (404) 846-8800 today to discuss your legal options.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Oxygen deprivation due to labor & delivery problems is among the leading causes of cerebral palsy. Brain injuries can occur within a short period of time when the supply of oxygen to the brain is reduced or restricted, and failure to treat the condition can lead to irreversible damage. If the child suffers hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a severe condition of oxygen deficiency in the brain, and does not receive treatment such as brain cooling in time, the resulting injury to the brain can lead to cerebral palsy. Another cause of this disease is when high levels of bilirubin in the baby's blood stream end up in the brain, leading to kernicterus.
Other causes of cerebral palsy typically attributed to medical negligence include:
Doctors have a duty to monitor high-risk pregnancies and take proper precautions to protect the health of both the mother and child. If your child's cerebral palsy was the result of a doctor's failure to properly respond to complications with pregnancy or delivery, you may have a claim to compensation.
Risk factors commonly associated with cerebral palsy include:
The symptoms of cerebral palsy can range from difficulties with motor coordination and movement to muscle stiffness, involuntary movements, and a disturbed sense of balance and depth perception. Your child may face a future of partial or full disability and may require ongoing care and treatment, as well as never being able to fully enjoy all that life has to offer. Detecting a birth injury of this type may begin with noticing that your child lacks muscle tone or seems to have difficulty with coordination.
Symptoms of cerebral palsy vary depending on the child's age:
If your baby was born with cerebral palsy due to a doctor's negligence, you may be eligible for three types of compensation: present and future medical costs, lost wages and other income, and pain and suffering.
Any compensation you receive for a cerebral palsy settlement or verdict will likely be awarded to your child in the form of a fund set up to cover their current and future medical care and treatment costs as they age. An attorney can help you get a better understanding of your full range of eligible damages and and the best course of action for your case.
Whether you suspect that your baby has cerebral palsy or if you have already secured a diagnosis, you must begin work on pursuing a settlement early, as the statute of limitations could prevent you from later being able to claim damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit. You generally have two years to file a claim after your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. For this reason, it is crucial to get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible to guard your child's rights and maximize your chances of securing rightful compensation.
Contact an Atlanta cerebral palsy lawyer if you believe that your child's condition should have been prevented and want help pursuing compensation.