What are the most common causes of cerebral palsy?

Since cerebral palsy may be caused by the abnormal development of the brain or by a brain injury that occurs before, during, or immediately after birth, the disorder may potentially be attributed to a diverse range of causes, including the following:

  • Infection
  • Lack of oxygen
  • Premature birth
  • Contusion

Bearing this in mind, cerebral palsy may be directly caused by any medical professional who fails to maintain established standards of safety and procedure at any point during and after the birth of a child.

If you believe that the malpractice of a medical professional caused your child’s cerebral palsy, you should speak with one of the cerebral palsy attorneys at the Driscoll Firm to begin assessing what legal claim you might have to compensation. To speak with a member of our legal team, please call our offices at (800) 900-7704 today.

How long will it take to resolve my claim?

Since there are so many factors that will affect the amount of time it will take to resolve each case, there is no good way to approximate how long your case might take without knowing more details.  In some cases, it may be possible to reach a satisfactory settlement relatively early on in the process.  In other cases, it may be necessary to take a case to trial, which requires substantially more time to work through.  In any case, an experienced attorney will be able to prepare you for what lies ahead as you pursue compensation for your child’s pain and suffering.

If your child was born with cerebral palsy or another birth defect as the result of medical malpractice, you should speak with one of the birth injury attorneys with the Driscoll Firm about what to expect during the claims process.  To discuss your claim with one of our attorneys, please call our offices at (800) 900-7704 today.

Are there non-medical causes of cerebral palsy?

Though many children who develop cerebral palsy have been injured by some form of medical malpractice, a number of children sustain injuries that lead to cerebral palsy far removed from the medical environment. With that in mind, virtually any serious head trauma may potentially lead to cerebral palsy during the first few years of a child’s life. If your child has developed cerebral palsy, the birth injury lawyers at the Driscoll Firm can help you determine how this happened, and may help you pursue financial compensation for treatment expenses and any other financial losses.

To discuss the particulars circumstances that led to your child’s development of cerebral palsy with one of our birth injury lawyers, please call our offices at (800) 900-7704 to learn more about how we can help you.

What evidence might an attorney expect from me?

The more evidence you can provide an attorney with the better. If you have physical evidence pertaining to things like medical reports, evaluations, second opinions, expenses, or anything else directly related to the claims you will be making in your case, an attorney will be better able to help you develop a more comprehensive legal strategy. However, since each case is unique, you attorney may require more or less evidence than the examples listed above. With that in mind, it is critical that you contact an experienced birth injury attorney as soon as you can, as he or she will be able to more accurately recommend your best course of action, including what evidence to gather.

To speak with one of the cerebral palsy attorneys at the Driscoll Firm, please call our offices at (800) 900-7704 today.

If I’m worried my child has cerebral palsy, what can I do?

While the symptoms of cerebral palsy may not be immediately apparent in a child, they will eventually begin to surface as an affected child matures. Should your child display any of the characteristic symptoms of cerebral palsy, however, it is highly advisable that you consult with your child’s pediatrician as soon as you can. Your child’s pediatrician may utilize one or more of the following procedures to more conclusively diagnose your child:

  • EEG
  • CT
  • Blood test
  • MRI
  • Vision testing

If your child is formally diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the medical professionals responsible for his or her delivery may be liable for any resulting pain and suffering. To speak with one of the birth injury lawyers at the Driscoll Firm, please call our offices at (800) 900-7704 today.

How can a medical malpractice lawyer help me?

If your child was injured by a negligent medical professional during his or her birth, the physical and emotional effects are life-changing, and we understand that this situation can become difficult to bear. Unfortunately, in addition to the recovery your child and family must experience, high costs of medical treatment, rehabilitation, and pharmaceuticals are likely to quickly accumulate, creating a significant financial burden. Depending on your child’s injuries, these costs may be prolonged throughout his or her life. In the face of these daunting consequences of a birth injury, an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can stand by your side to fight for financial restitution from the negligent medical facility, doctor, nurse, or other party responsible.

A medical malpractice attorney at the Driscoll Firm, can help you anticipate the extent of current and future financial damages from your child’s birth injury. To discuss your options for legal recourse and pursuing financial compensation, call our offices at (800) 900-7704 today.

How can delayed diagnosis impact my family?

When a child has cerebral palsy, it is best to find out sooner rather than later. An early or timely diagnosis can ensure that a child receives the medical attention that he or she needs. Delaying the diagnosis puts much more strain on families than is necessary. A delayed diagnosis can leave the child untreated and suffering even more from this painful birth injury. In addition, delayed diagnosis can lead to secondary complications from CP when the proper medical attention is not given to the child. Moreover, families can face hefty medical bills when the diagnosis is delayed, as additional treatment costs associated with the effects of a delayed diagnosis add up.

If your child’s cerebral palsy diagnosis was delayed due to medical negligence, you may be able to seek financial compensation to help pay for the extra costs of treating your child. An experienced lawyer at the Driscoll Firm can help you understand your family’s legal rights. Call our offices at (800) 900-7704 today to discuss your case.

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