The Evanston cerebral palsy attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are dedicated advocates for anyone needing to care for a special needs child because he or she was injured during or following birth. Whenever medical negligence results in the development of cerebral palsy, it is reasonable to expect that the hospital and staff members responsible be held liable for their actions and made to provide the compensation the child’s family needs to provide for his or her care throughout the entirety of his or her life. Our lawyers can assist you in making sure that your child receives nothing but the best care well beyond your own years so that you never need to worry for his or her wellbeing after you are gone.
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.
Birth Injuries that Can Lead to Evanston Cerebral Palsy Litigation
A condition known as hypoxia occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen, either due to asphyxiation or blood loss during or following birth. Hypoxia is one of the most common causes of cerebral palsy and it is important that the child is monitored constantly while a mother is in labor so that the doctor can detect symptoms of distress. Here are some of the injuries that can occur during and after birth which may lead to cerebral palsy.
- Membrane ruptures— if the membranes are ruptured for longer than 24 hours, the child could be deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time, resulting in the development of cerebral palsy or other complications.
- Jaundice and related complications— jaundice is a sign of elevated bilirubin levels, which can be damaging to the brain in newborns because the liver is unable to process this substance at such a young age. Since jaundice is very easy to detect, it is inexcusable for attending staff not to notice and treat this condition in a timely manner.
- Fetal distress— there are numerous injuries that can result from fetal distress, which is why the child’s vital signs need to be monitored carefully. Symptoms of distress may prompt a doctor to order a C-section for the protection of the child and the failure of the doctor to order this procedure could be considered negligent if the child is injured as a result.
- Infections during pregnancy or following birth— infections can cause an immune response in young children that result in brain damage when not treated in a timely manner.
If your child was injured or suffered from complications that contributed to the development of cerebral palsy, it is important to determine whether those providing his or her care acted in an appropriate manner. If the injuries could have been prevented through more responsive care, you may be able to argue medical malpractice and recover the compensation that you and your family deserve for the cost of medical care, therapy, out of pocket expenses and pain and suffering.
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 Evanston Cerebral Palsy Lawyers to Work on Your Behalf
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has fought on behalf of thousands of families whose children were injured at birth and has recovered millions of dollars in compensation so that they could afford to provide the care their children deserved. If you feel that your child was injured because of medical errors or negligence, we would like to hear your story.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our award winning Evanston cerebral palsy attorneys so that we can review your legal options and answer any questions you may have. In order to prepare your case, we will first review your medical records and consult with medical specialists to determine how your doctor breached his or her duty of care and what the best way to proceed with your case might be. If we are unable to secure the compensation you and your family deserve, you are assured that you will never be required to pay for our services.