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The diagnosis of cerebral palsy in a newborn infant can be devastating for parents. Though cerebral palsy often manifests for unknown reasons, it can occur as the result of a birth injury caused by a negligent health care provider. Many parents of children with cerebral palsy are totally unaware that their child's condition may have been caused by a preventable birth injury. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a Pennsylvania, New Jersey or New York cerebral palsy and birth injury lawyer can help you investigate the diagnosis and determine whether medical malpractice played a role. When a child suffers as the result of a medical professional's failure to recognize signs of fetal distress and deliver a baby before serious injury occurs, parents may be able to obtain compensation for the cost of immediate and future medical care, ongoing physical therapy, and other expenses.
About Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy refers to a group of chronic disorders that generally affect motor skills, muscle tone, and muscle movement. The effects of cerebral palsy vary from mild to severe. Victims may be affected only on one side of the body, or in the lower extremities more than the upper. In the most serious cases, the entire body is affected, making full-time care a necessity.
Studies suggest that about one in every five children diagnosed with cerebral palsy sustained a preventable brain injury that led to the disorder. If this is the case, it may provide grounds for a birth injury lawsuit handled by one of our lawyers.
Cerebral Palsy Prognosis
According to an estimate by the Centers for Disease Control, the additional lifetime costs for an individual with cerebral palsy is roughly $921,000; this total includes physical therapy, medical treatment, and everyday care. To offset these medical costs, the Locks Law Firm is committed to helping our clients obtain as much financial compensation as they are legally entitled.
Though there is currently no cure for cerebral palsy, medical treatment can greatly increase a child's capabilities and adult independence can even be possible in many cases if the disability is properly managed during childhood. We can help you obtain the means to provide your child with the best quality of life possible if your child's condition resulted from medical negligence.
Birth Injury and Cerebral Palsy
If your child's cerebral palsy is the result of a birth injury caused by a negligent caregiver, a lawyer from the Locks Law Firm can help you secure compensation to cover the tremendous financial burden imposed by the care necessary for a child with cerebral palsy.
Many parents who have children with cerebral palsy have paid for years of expensive care that might not have been necessary if a medical caregiver had acted properly. For such parents, a Pennsylvania, New Jersey or New York cerebral palsy and birth injury lawyer can perform a detailed investigation to determine if negligence occurred before, during, or shortly after the birth.
Contact a Locks Law Firm Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injury Lawyer
If you know or suspect your child's cerebral palsy resulted from the negligent actions of a medical provider, a Pennsylvania, New Jersey or New York cerebral palsy and birth injury lawyer from the Locks Law Firm can help you determine if there is liability and achieve the compensation you need to provide your child with quality care. Contact the Locks Law Firm today to schedule a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation.Do I have a case? Free Case Evaluation