The Aurora cerebral palsy attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers work hard on behalf of clients whose children have been injured at birth due to medical malpractice in order to make sure that those children will have access to the care and resources they need to be able to thrive long into adulthood. We are able to do this by helping clients access programs and support that is vital to the long term success of their children and by aggressively pursuing compensation from those who were responsible for the conditions that resulted in the development of cerebral palsy. If your child was injured during or following birth, we may be able to help you secure the damages you are rightfully owed.
The Cost of Caring for a Child with Cerebral Palsy
Children diagnosed with cerebral palsy will require extensive medical care and therapy over the course of their entire lives. It is easy for the bills associated with this care to mount quickly and to become an undue burden on the families of these children, whose circumstances may have been the result of negligent treatment during or following their births. In addition to needing to shoulder these costs, parents must also consider having one of the breadwinners stay at home to tend to the needs of the child, which reduces the family’s income and places even greater stress on their finances.
Cerebral palsy has a number of different causes, but negligent medical care can be linked to many of the cases we see. The child may suffer an injury during labor or after birth and attending medical staff fails to respond in an appropriate manner. This turns an easily treated condition into a disability that impacts the child’s quality of living for a lifetime and we feel that it is completely wrong to force the family of that child to then need to carry the financial burden of caring for their injured child on top of that.
Types of Injuries Linked to Aurora Cerebral Palsy Cases
Lack of oxygen is one of the leading causes of cerebral palsy and other long term injuries to the brain during and after birth. When asphyxiation or hypoxia is undetected and untreated because the child’s vitals are not monitored properly during labor, a claim of medical malpractice can be made when an injury results. The failure to notice very common and minor injuries may also result in permanent brain damage that can impact the child’s development, motor function and cognitive health. Some of the injuries that have been linked to cerebral palsy include the following.
- Jaundice— this often occurs after a minor injury where the child experiences bruising or swelling and is extremely minor when discovered and treated quickly. However, any delay in treatment can be catastrophic, as the liver is unable to remove the substance responsible for the jaundice at such a young age.
- Infections— undetected bacterial infections can have tragic consequences as they may cause severe damage to the brain or other vital organs. Infections can occur during pregnancy or following birth and it is important that staff members respond quickly when symptoms of an infection are present.
- Complications during labor— a fetal monitor is instrumental in alerting doctors to any problems the child may be experiencing during labor so that decisive choices can be made to intervene in the event the child’s safety is threatened. If signs of distress go undetected or ignored, it may result in permanent injury.
- Test result inaccuracies— some conditions go unnoticed because the lab returns inaccurate test results or the doctor fails to interpret the results correctly.
When the failure of a doctor or nurse to act in a reasonable manner is linked to the injury of a patient, a lawsuit may be brought against the staff member and hospital for medical malpractice. In the case of cerebral palsy victims, this can allow the family to recover the compensation needed for the very expensive medical care and out of pocket expenses they will need to provide over a lifetime to their child.
Available Resources for Families Needing to Care for Disabled Children
The Chicago Cerebral Palsy Sequin of Greater Chicago helps families across Aurora and the Chicago suburbs by helping their children acquire the skills they need to survive as adults and through Community Integrated Living and accessibility services. These resources are valuable for parents who fear for what may happen to their children once they are on their own. To learn more, you can visit http://ucpseguin.org/ or call (708) 863-3803.
Put Our Dedicated Aurora Cerebral Palsy Lawyers to Work on Your Behalf
If your child was injured at birth, you may be entitled to compensation if it is determined that medical malpractice played a role in his or her injuries. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has helped clients recover millions of dollars in damages so that they can care for their disabled children and ensure they are able to lead happy and productive lives into adulthood.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our award winning Aurora cerebral palsy attorneys so that we can collect the information we need to investigate your claim and let you know more about your legal options. We work solely on a contingency basis, which means our success is always tied to the success of our clients in recovering the compensation that they deserve. If we fail to do so, you are guaranteed that our services will cost you absolutely nothing.