Do You Believe That Your Child’s Cerebral Palsy Was Caused by Medical Malpractice? Call 1-855-833-3707 for a Free Consultation.
When medical errors occur during pregnancy, delivery, or shortly thereafter, it can result in the development of cerebral palsy. Unlike diseases and birth defects, cerebral palsy is caused by an injury to the brain of a developing baby – quite often the result of a preventable medical mistake or malpractice.
The lifetime costs associated with taking care of child with cerebral palsy can take a real toll on the family’s finances, and with the help of a cerebral palsy attorney in Tennessee, you may be able to have those expenses paid for by the doctor or hospital who caused your child’s injury.
Treatment of Cerebral Palsy Can Be Expensive
While sometimes accidents occur during the birthing process that truly are not preventable, many times they are due to simple medical mistakes or a plain negligence. When a preventable injury occurs that ultimately results in the development of cerebral palsy, the associated costs can place a great deal of stress on the family. There are many costs associated with cerebral palsy that include, but are not limited to the following:
- Doctor visits
- Physical therapy
- Special equipment
- Modifications to the home
- Special equipment such as wheelchairs, braces, etc.
- Occupational therapy
- Other types of special equipment and needs to accommodate a child’s individual needs
All of these expenses usually fall on the shoulders of the parents or caregivers when they should be the responsibility of those who caused the injury. It is extremely unfair for the family to be held financially responsible for a mistake the hospital, doctors, and/or nurses made. This is where a cerebral palsy attorney can help.
Obtaining Compensation From the Hospital or Doctor
When a child develops cerebral palsy because of a medical error, parents and caregivers need to be aware of their options. Don’t just take the doctor’s word, have someone else look into the facts of your case and learn the rights available to you and your family. Whether you’re in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, or beyond, an experienced cerebral palsy lawyer in Tennessee can help the family seek the compensation to which they are entitled – and this is done at NO COST to the family. These type of cases are taken on contingency, which means that you never pay your lawyer a dime out of pocket. Your attorney only gets paid if they actually win your case!
An example of what a personal injury lawyer can do for the family of a child with CP can be seen in a cerebral palsy lawsuit filed in Memphis in 2013 where the jury awarded $33.5 million to the family. In that case, there was a delay in the performance of a cesarean section that was urgently needed. The delay led to the baby developing severe brain damage and cerebral palsy. The jury voted unanimously against both the obstetrician and his employer. The mother had just seen one of the doctors at a high risk obstetrical clinic who sent her to the hospital. Preliminary test results showed the baby was exhibiting signs of fetal distress and was at risk of injury if it was not delivered soon. In spite of a preliminary plan for surgery and delivery, that deadline was missed by 79 minutes. Evidence at trial showed if the baby had been delivered even 15-20 minutes earlier, the injuries would not have occurred.
This case out of Tennessee is just one of many, and every case is unique. To speak with a cerebral palsy lawyer about the strength of your potential case (for free), call us at 1-855-833-3707.