If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, our Washington, DC medical malpractice lawyer can help you determine if your doctor may be responsible. Cerebral palsy is a movement disorder that is caused by damage to the areas of the brain that control movement and balance. Although cerebral palsy can range from minor to severe, it results in weak muscles, stiff muscles, and coordination difficulties. Cohen & Cohen is the best cerebral palsy malpractice lawyer Washington, DC has to offer.
Some babies develop cerebral palsy as a result of preterm birth, however many cases are due to injury during or immediately after birth. These injuries sometimes involve a lack of oxygen during birth or the use of forceps or vacuum extraction during the birthing process. Babies lack oxygen due to problems during birth including the umbilical cord being compressed or wrapped around the neck of the infant, cephalopelvic disproportion (the head is too large for the birth canal), a traumatic birth experience, or the premature detachment of the placenta. If the gynecologist fails to detect signs of distress, or does not perform a cesarean section in a timely manner, they may be responsible for your child developing cerebral palsy. As one of the most compassionate team of cerebral palsy lawyers Washington, DC has to offer, we understand this information may be heartbreaking. That’s why we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
In order to determine the cause of your child’s cerebral palsy, doctors may perform a variety of tests, like MRIs and CT scans. These tests are not invasive and may help provide answers not only to how your child’s cerebral palsy occurred but also if any other areas of the brain were affected. Our attorneys work closely with medical experts who can analyze these test results and help determine if your doctor may be responsible in your case. Together with these tests, we will consider your individual childbirth experience. Likely, if it was a traumatic birth, you may have been told there were issues. For example, you may have been told the baby’s heartrate was dropping to dangerous levels. Our experienced attorneys can analyze this information and create a solid foundation for your case.
Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition. Although therapy may help increase movement and range of motion, in general progress is limited. Many individuals with cerebral palsy will require ongoing care throughout their life. A Washington DC medical malpractice lawyer can work to receive compensation so that you can provide care for your child. Medical and therapeutic expenses are tremendous, and a strong settlement will at least relieve you with the stress associated with the high cost of care. As the best medical malpractice lawyer Washington DC has to offer, we do everything in our power to help families recover from the effects of cerebral palsy. Contact us today for a free consultation.