The birth of a child is one of life’s greatest joys. When your child has birth injuries, you may also fear for your child’s future and wonder how you will provide the necessary care. Birth injuries are sometimes unavoidable, but are often the result of medical negligence during pregnancy, labor and delivery or shortly after birth. Children with birth injuries may require ongoing medical treatment and have other extensive needs. If you child was a victim of medical malpractice, you may be able to recover substantial compensation that will pay for your child’s immediate and lifelong expenses.
Cerebral palsy is a set of disorders caused by malformation of the brain or brain injury during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or shortly after birth. Each case of cerebral palsy is unique. The effects can range in severity, and each child experiences a unique combination of impairments and conditions. For some, the right medical treatments, therapy, equipment and support can mean living independently and with minimal health problems and pain. Others will require 24-hour supervision and assistance.
In cerebral palsy the part of the brain that is injured is responsible for controlling:
People with cerebral palsy may also suffer from secondary and associated conditions including:
Cerebral palsy can be the result of medical errors during pregnancy, labor and deliver or shortly after birth. Examples include failure to detect and properly respond to:
Other medical mistakes that can result in brain birth injury and cerebral palsy include:
The lifetime medical expenses for a child with cerebral palsy can be $1 million. That does not include the non-medical costs. Children with birth injuries may require extensive medical care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy and speech therapy. The often need treatment for mental health issues. Children with birth injuries may have special educational needs. They may need assistance with daily activities such as dressing and eating, for the rest of their lives. Some will be on respirators or need special equipment to accommodate disabilities.
Your child may be able to recover compensation for existing and future losses including:
If you believe that your child’s cerebral palsy or other birth injury was the result of medical negligence, read more about birth injury claims.
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