Who Takes The Blame When My Child Has Cerebral Palsy
The rush to blame yourself is inevitable when there is a diagnosis of CP. The attorneys in our office have counseled parents who will trouble themselves over precautions that could have been taken with personal health, but it is vital to recognize that you are not to blame for the diagnosis. Cerebral palsy is essentially a brain injury. CP is a brain injury that happens right before a child is born or immediately after the birth, and is attributed to:
The important thing to keep in mind is that cerebral palsy is an injury, it is not a disease, the symptoms in a child are the responses the body makes to an injury. Though it may feel like a mother or father is at fault, neither she or he is to blame, and the cause of CP will never be identified in many cases but it is certain that medical malpractice is to blame in a portion of the 10,000 cases of cerebral palsy that will be diagnosed this year.
Tell Me If My Child’s Cerebral Palsy Could Have Been Prevented
The cause of CP will not always be identifiable but the legal professionals from Action Legal Group have noted that in close to 10% of cases, it is the result of a medical complication during labor and delivery. This means that thousands of parents each year face a life with a child that is irrevocably altered if a medical professional failed to closely monitor the condition of your child at birth.
I Am Worried My Child Has Cerebral Palsy
For parents who are concerned that their child is not progressing as should be expected and that their child may have cerebral palsy, developmental delays are one of the first signs of something more sinister. CPcan impact how well a child can control his or her own muscles and the condition can be caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the brain at the time of birth due to disruption of blood and oxygen supply to the brain.
The progress of each child should and does occur at a different pace. There are delays in early childhood development that will correct on their own as a child gets older, but failing to hit certain milestones may be indicative of a neurologicalor movement disorder. It is a good idea for a parent to seek the help of a doctor or specialist who can monitor the child’s development and form a diagnosis, should one be needed, when it is suspected there is a delay:
The distinguishing signs of CP in children can include:
Birth injury due to medical negligence can result in devastating and painful injuries for the child, and leave parents facing enormous medical bills for the wide-ranging care and therapies the child will need. In some cases, the injuries suffered will require out-of-home, round the clock care, on either a temporary or permanent basis, and the costs for this type of care is staggering. Not only are parents left heartbroken for their child, they now must face an uncertain financial future, wondering how they will care for their child now and in the years to come.
Involving a trained professional who can chart the developmental progress of a child is particularly important when it is suspected that the negligence of a medical professional caused cerebral palsy. The early involvement of a medical professional who can help chart the development of the child is vital because the CDC has estimated that the lifetime cost to care for one person with CP will be nearly $1 million.
The developmental progress of children is broken down into four main stages:
There is inevitably one or two children who will experience delays in growth, while others are not prepared to talk with other people or connect emotionally outside of the immediate family. Each child is different, but knowing what is expected development will let parents recognize when a suspected issue may be something like CP.
The Cerebral Palsy Attorneys From Action Legal Group Can Help
If you suspect that your child was born with CP, the reality is that it may be due to an error made by a medical professional. Expenses that you did not expect are piling up for:
It is important that you understand that you may be entitled to financial support to aid in the care of your son or daughter. By making the choice to consult with a personal injury attorney who handles cases involving a diagnosis of medical malpractice and CP, you can make sure your child receives care and compensation for:
No matter how severe the case of CP is, when it is initially diagnosed, it is always a good idea to meet with an attorney and a team of professionals who understand the condition well. Together, we can draft a plan that will ensure your child will be cared for during his or her entire life.
Parties can and should be held responsible for the medical negligence that led to the injury and Action Legal Group can help you accomplish this.