You just got the news from the doctor’s office… your precious child has cerebral palsy. The first thing you need to know is that your child can still have a happy, successful life. There will be hard times, developmental issues, physical demands, a lot of extra work, but your child can still thrive.
Second, you are not alone. Each year 10,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP). There are resources and support groups available to help you. Take the time to search until you find the help you need.
Remember that CP is not an illness that will be cured over time. Rather, CP is a life-long condition. In other words, it is a marathon and not a sprint. However, take comfort in knowing that there are treatments and therapies that will help your child tremendously. You will be amazed at what your baby can and will achieve.
Legal Help for Cerebral Palsy Caused by Medical Negligence
CP is caused by brain injury either before, during or shortly after birth. Some examples of medical negligence that can cause cerebral palsy are:
- Failure of a physician to treat an infection in the mother during pregnancy
- Failure of a physician to offer/provide the mother vaccinations for diseases such as rubella or chicken pox during pregnancy
- Failure of a physician to properly monitor the mother’s blood pressure during pregnancy, leading to premature birth
- Failure of a physician to perform a C-section in a timely manner
- Improper use of assistive delivery devices, such as forceps or a vacuum, during the birth process
- Failure of medical professionals to provide adequate oxygenation to an infant immediately following birth, leading to brain damage/injury
Not all cases of CP are caused by negligence, but many are. If you believe your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by something a medical professional did, or did not do, you need to contact an attorney to help you. An experienced attorney, such as the professionals at Diez-Arguelles & Tejedor, can lead you through the extremely difficult journey of proving medical negligence. They have the resources and experience you as an individual do not have. You need someone with a proven track record and the understanding of what your child is going to require so that your child can have the best possible life.
While there are a lot of therapies, treatments, and devices that will help your child, they can be expensive. Prepare yourself… the care and treatment can be exhausting both mentally and financially at times. It is essential that you find an attorney who will help you achieve an award that will allow you to provide your child and your family with what they need and deserve.
If you are considering seeking justice for your child, contact us at Diez-Arguelles & Tejedor for a free consultation. Call now 1-888-888-3773.
A Few Examples of Community Resources
Disclaimer: We are not associated with any of these groups. They are readily available online as a starting place when looking for local resources.
Orlando – https://www.cerebralpalsyguide.com/
Miami – http://www.mcprs.org/
Tampa – http://ucptampa.org/
Nationally, with searches for local support – https://ucp.org/resource-guide/