Cerebral palsy lawsuit

Cerebral palsy is often caused by preventable mistakes during childbirth that may be considered medical negligence. Children with brain damage causing cerebral palsy may need treatment for the rest of their lives to manage their condition. Filing a cerebral palsy lawsuit can help your family get financial compensation for your child’s treatment. Speak to our team to see if you are qualified for compensation.

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What is a cerebral palsy lawsuit?

A cerebral palsy lawsuit is a type of medical malpractice claim filed against the medical professionals that caused your child’s condition.

Health care providers are expected to uphold a standard of care and deliver your child safely. if they do not, your child could suffer severe injuries that can cause cerebral palsy, which is a lifelong disability. These doctors may have committed medical malpractice and can be held legally accountable.

Cerebral palsy lawsuits can be filed if a medical professional failed to:

  • Detect maternal infections during pregnancy
  • Detect signs of fetal distress, such as oxygen deprivation
  • Identify any risk factors during pregnancy
  • Perform a necessary C-section (cesarean section)
  • Properly use delivery tools such as forceps or vacuum extractors
  • Treat severe jaundice in a newborn

If you believe your child developed cerebral palsy due to medical negligence, you may be able to file a lawsuit through a birth injury law firm. Speak with one of our caring team members to learn if you qualify for financial compensation.

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Why should I file a cerebral palsy lawsuit?

Through a cerebral palsy lawsuit, you can receive compensation to pay for the medical care your child needs. These funds can be used to pay for past and future medical expenses.

Most cases of cerebral palsy require specialized medical care to manage a child’s symptoms. Many families may struggle to afford their child’s cerebral palsy treatment. According to a study from Massachusetts General Hospital, about 40% of families of children with special needs experience financial burden due to their child’s condition.

Financial compensation from a medical malpractice case can pay for:

It costs $1 million on average to cover all of the costs of caring for a child with cerebral palsy throughout their life, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

In addition to alleviating any financial burden, cerebral palsy lawsuits can help your family feel a sense of justice served. Lawsuits can hold medical professionals accountable for their mistakes that cause your child to develop cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy lawsuits also bring birth injuries and negligent doctors to the attention of other parents. New or expecting parents can be warned about the associated risks of doctors, nurses, or hospitals that do not provide quality care.

Speak with one of our registered nurses if you believe your child is showing symptoms of cerebral palsy. We can determine if your child’s condition stems from medical negligence.

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Steps to filing a cerebral palsy lawsuit

Although each case may differ, each cerebral palsy lawsuit will generally follow a similar set of steps. Learn about the steps that many cases follow below.

1. Free case review

During your free case review, a patient advocate will gather information regarding your child’s injury. If you have a qualifying case, a cerebral palsy lawyer will take on your case.

The lawyer will assess all of the facts given to determine whether or not you have a strong enough case to file a lawsuit. If your lawyer believes you have a strong case, you can then enter into an attorney-client relationship.

It is important to note that you do not need a cerebral palsy diagnosis to get a free case review. Birth injury attorneys will have the resources to determine if your child’s symptoms are an indication of cerebral palsy.

2. Gather evidence

Once you agree to work with a cerebral palsy attorney, they will gather all types of written documentation to show that your child’s condition was caused by the medical professionals that helped in the birthing process.

Pieces of evidence may include:

  • Documentation outlining complications and co-existing conditions
  • Documentation describing the events before, during, and shortly after birth
  • Imaging tests such as X-rays and MRIs
  • Maternal health records outlining any risk factors during pregnancy
  • Medical records that prove the child suffers from cerebral palsy and other conditions due to a birth injury

3. File the lawsuit

Your attorney can file a cerebral palsy lawsuit in the court system after key pieces of evidence have been gathered. Once the lawsuit has been filed, you will become the plaintiff and the doctor and/or hospital that delivered your child will become the defendant.

There is limited time to file a lawsuit. Each state has its own statute of limitations, which sets time limits on how long you have to sue. If the lawsuit isn’t filed within the deadline, you will lose your right to sue and collect compensation forever. Connect with a lawyer as soon as possible to file your lawsuit before time runs out.

Your lawyer will ask for financial compensation to pay for your child’s injuries in the initial complaint. The defendants will have around 30 days to respond to the complaint. If the defendants refuse to pay, the lawsuit will continue.

4. Discovery

Legal teams from both parties will work to gather more evidence to support their arguments.

During the discovery phase, your lawyer may collect testimonies from witnesses or medical experts to prove the defendants were negligent with their care.

5. Settlement vs. Trial

Many cerebral palsy lawsuits either end in a settlement or a trial verdict. In a settlement, the defendants will agree to pay a lump sum of compensation to the plaintiff. The lawsuit then ends without a trial in court.

If both parties do not agree to a cerebral palsy settlement, the case may move onto a trial. In a trial, both parties argue their cases to a judge or jury. Trials can be risky because if the court finds the defendant not guilty, you will not win any compensation at all.

Only a small percentage of cerebral palsy cases go to trial since they are costly, risky, and can add a significant amount of time to the lawsuit process. Thankfully, skilled cerebral palsy attorneys can build a strong case in the event a trial does occur.

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Notable cerebral palsy lawsuit settlements

Cerebral palsy lawsuit settlement amounts can vary depending on a variety of factors. Settlement amounts are often calculated by the type of cerebral palsy, severity of the condition, estimated medical costs, and geographical location.

According to a study from TDC Group, the average medical malpractice lawsuit settlement payout for cases involving children under one month old is almost $1 million.

Some notable cerebral palsy lawsuit settlement amounts include:

  • $10.47 million Pennsylvania family
  • $9 million Alaska family
  • $8.9 million Pennsylvania family
  • $8 million New York family
  • $7.8 million Florida family

Your birth injury lawyer will work with you to determine the value of your birth injury lawsuit and how much compensation you may be entitled to.

File your cerebral palsy lawsuit today

mother multitasking with childCerebral palsy can put a huge emotional, physical, and financial strain on families. Thankfully, a cerebral palsy lawsuit can help your family ease some of these burdens by securing compensation to cover medical bills.

Cerebral palsy lawsuits can also hold health care providers responsible for their medical mistakes. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are trained to safely deliver babies and prevent complications that may lead to brain injury and cerebral palsy.

If you believe your child’s condition could have been prevented, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a cerebral palsy lawsuit.

Get a free case review to see if you qualify to take legal action.

 

Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit FAQs

Can you sue for cerebral palsy?

Yes. Cerebral palsy can often be prevented by quality medical care during the birthing process. Families that believe their child’s condition was caused by a mistake during childbirth may be able to sue.

Can medical negligence cause cerebral palsy?

Yes. Careless and preventable errors during birth can cause cerebral palsy and are considered medical negligence. Health care providers that fail to ensure the safety of the mother and baby may be held responsible for the child’s injury.

If you are unsure if your child has cerebral palsy — or if their condition was caused by medical negligence — contact one of our registered nurses.

How much money can I win in a cerebral palsy lawsuit?

Cerebral palsy lawsuit settlement and trial verdict amounts can vary based on the specifics of your case. Your cerebral palsy lawyer will be able to calculate how much money you may win based on your child’s condition, medical expenses, the state you live in, and more.

A study from the TDC Group found that the average medical malpractice claim payout for babies less than a month old was nearly $1 million.

How long do you have to sue for cerebral palsy?

The amount of time you have to file a cerebral palsy lawsuit depends on the state you live in.

Each state has its own statute of limitations, which sets limits on how long you have to take legal action. It is important to file your cerebral palsy claim as soon as possible: you will lose your right to file forever if you miss the deadline.

Cerebral Palsy Guide was founded upon the goal of educating families about cerebral palsy, raising awareness, and providing support for children, parents, and caregivers affected by the condition. Our easy-to-use website offers simple, straightforward information that provides families with medical and legal solutions. We are devoted to helping parents and children access the tools they need to live a life full of happiness

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