Learning that your child has cerebral palsy can be tragic and force you to confront a wide array of emotions— from fear and worry over your child’s wellbeing to the grief of watching him or her suffer. We all want the best for our children and the Waukegan cerebral palsy attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are committed to helping you make sure that your child will not want for the things he or she needs throughout childhood and into his or her adult life. We can also help you access support and vital services that will help alleviate the emotional and financial burden you must endure to make sure that your child has the life that he or she deserves.
The Exorbitant Cost of Raising a Child with Cerebral Palsy
Our Waukegan cerebral palsy lawyers often recover millions of dollars on behalf of families with children injured at birth due to just how much it can cost to make sure that they are able to receive the ongoing medical treatment they will need throughout their entire lives. There are many instances where one of the parents is even forced to leave work so that the child can have the attention and supervision he or she needs and deserves, but this comes at a financial cost to the family and can add strain to an already precarious situation.
Not every case of cerebral palsy is due to the reckless actions of a doctor or nurse, but we have also found that there are many instances where the injuries linked to the development of cerebral palsy were not identified and treated in a timely manner. Treating these underlying conditions is often extremely easy and there is absolutely no reason why the child should need to suffer a lifetime for the careless actions of those tasked with their medical care at or following birth. For these reasons, we are aggressive in the pursuit of the compensation you will need to care for your child and to make sure he or she has everything needed to survive when you are unable to continue providing care.
Birth Injuries that Can Lead to Waukegan 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.
- Infections occurring during pregnancy or after the child is born— the immune response that is triggered to defend the body during a bacterial infection can cause damage to the brain and the bacteria itself may injure the brain or other vital organs. It is important that doctors detect and treat infections quickly to prevent 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— when attending staff do not monitor the child’s vital signs or communicate effectively with the doctor performing the delivery of the child, it can cause serious injury to the child’s brain due to oxygen deprivation. It is important that the doctor also recognize when it is appropriate to order an emergency C-section due to fetal distress.
- Inaccurate test results or misinterpretation of the information provided— diagnostic tests influence the choices that doctors make regarding the treatment of their patients, which is why a botched test or misinterpreted result can have tragic consequences.
When doctors and their attending staff fail to meet their duty of care and the child is injured as a result, the parents have the right to seek compensation for any adjustment to the child’s quality of life, lost opportunities, pain and suffering and the cost of continued and ongoing care into adulthood. In addition, the medical professionals responsible for the child’s injuries may be liable for injuries and emotional anguish to the mother and family, who must endure a lifetime of stress and grief.
The United Cerebral Palsy Sequin of Greater Chicago Assists Waukegan Families with Disabled Children
While it is important for us to recover the financial compensation you need to care for your injured child, having support and access to programs tailored to his or her needs will give you the peace of mind you need. The UCPS of Greater Chicago helps families by offering life skills training, employment assistance, Community Integrated Living Services and other programs that will help your child live the best life possible with cerebral palsy. To learn more about this organization and how it may help you, you can visit http://ucpseguin.org/ or call (708) 863-3803.
Review Your Case for Free with a Qualified Waukegan Cerebral Palsy Lawyer
If your child was injured at birth and has since been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you secure the compensation you need to make sure that your child has everything he or she needs both as a child and as an adult— long after you are no longer able to provide this care by yourself.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our award winning Waukegan cerebral palsy attorneys so that we can investigate the details of your claim and let you know more about your legal options and rights. If we are unable to secure the compensation you deserve, you are assured that our services will be free of charge.