Birth injury malpractice lawyers handle cases where a child is injured due to medical negligence at certain times in their lives. These lawyers may file lawsuits over lacking medical care before the child is born, during the delivery of the child or after the child is born. These lawsuits oftentimes center on a condition called cerebral palsy for specific reasons.
The impetus behind the lawsuits.
The lawsuits that are filed over cerebral palsy are filed in cases where the condition was preventable by medical action. For instance, a child may be in distress while they’re in the womb, but the physician may fail to take action soon enough to prevent injuries. The child may also have been delivered successfully, but that child may have been injured by negligent medical care shortly after they were born.
These injuries sometimes result in harm to the brain. When this happens, there is a chance that the child will suffer with cerebral palsy, a condition that results from damage to the parts of the brain that control the muscles. This can cause a significant loss of the quality of life for the child.
How it’s handled.
The lawsuit is filed by the parents on behalf of the child. The child may be awarded money by the jury at the end of the trial or the jury may find for the defendant. The parents may seek compensation for themselves, as well. This is usually sought so that the parents can provide medical care for the child without dipping into the jury award funds that are set aside for the child when the child has to start paying for their own care.
These lawsuits sometimes make a huge difference in people’s lives. People with CP who win one of these lawsuits oftentimes get enough money to help them pay for the latest treatments. Because treatment options for CP have advanced so much in recent years, having access to the latest surgeries, medicines and other options that doctors have to offer can make a huge difference in how much independence someone with CP enjoys.
If you’re not sure about whether or not you should file one of these lawsuits, talk to a birth injury medical malpractice lawyer. These cases sometimes take a very long time to resolve, but there are limits on how long you have to file one after the injury occurred. Call a lawyer and see how much time you have remaining.