Cerebral Palsy is a permanent and irreversible crippling condition that affects the central nervous system. Most victims develop the disability before birth or shortly after. While cerebral palsy can occur under the best medical care, many cases have been caused by negligence at the time of birth or during the newborn period before the child leaves the hospital. If this is the case, there may be grounds for a suit for damages.
CAUSES OF CEREBRAL PALSY
Anything that interferes with the development of the nervous system, or causes oxygen or nutrition to the brain to fail contributes to cerebral palsy. At the time of birth, oxygen loss can occur from uncorrected problems with the umbilical cord, damage to the placenta which causes the blood supply to the fetus to be compromised, or fetal distress arising from the fetus being stuck in the birth canal.
After birth, especially in premature births, cerebral palsy can arise from untreated complications with the cardiovascular, respiratory or digestive system, and from untreated seizures. In all these cases, it is possible that damage could have been avoided or that improper medical procedures contributed to the problem.
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Symptoms and Treatment
Symptoms of cerebral palsy include spasticity, seizures, delayed or abnormal
development, paralysis, and mental retardation.
Cerebral palsy victims require specialized care and therapy and will need assistance throughout their lives, depending on the severity of the disorder. Added to the cost of such intensive long-term care is the loss of enjoyment of life that the victim experiences.
If a loved one has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you should know that there is help available. Doctors, nurses, and other medical staff are covered by malpractice insurance. If their negligence has caused your child or another loved one to suffer, then you deserve compensation.
Taking care of someone with this disorder is costly, both in terms of time and money. While no one can give you back all of the heartache that you suffered, you can recover some damages from the hospital or the staff.
Medical Malpractice Law
Medical malpractice law is difficult, and the hospital’s lawyers will try to deceive you. Cerebral palsy cases have been known to have significant compensation associated with them, which is intuitive as the cases are incredibly serious.
Hold the medical staff accountable. If a doctor or nurse has made a mistake as serious as causing cerebral palsy, then you should help make sure that they do not make this mistake again. The system trusts you to make sure everyone does the right thing.
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If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of possible malpractice, call our office at (973) 358-6134. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many injury cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Therefore, please contact us right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.
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