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Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice

Doctors and other health professionals are often considered infallible. So when a person is not cured 100% they believe the doctor made a mistake and is incompetent. The patient seeks a solicitor and files a malpractice case against the doctor. The whole process can become very complex and take a lot of time - time that a doctor or other health professional could use to treat other patients. And though covered many times by insurance, the reputation and financial cost to the doctor can be devastating.

What is Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice?

Cerebral palsy is a general term used by the medical profession when referring to neurological conditions which effect a person's movement and coordination. It is mainly the result of a brain injury incurred before, during or slightly after birth. The specific cause is not fully known though it is the result of damage to the motor control centres of the brain, especially while the baby is still in the womb or passing through the birth canal. The resulting injury can be relatively minor causing apparent clumsiness and weakness to severe muscle impairment requiring lifelong personal care. It can vary from individual to individual.

No cure is known for cerebral palsy. The best that can be expected is necessary medical and/or psychological or physical therapy intervention. Cerebral palsy medical malpractice happens when the doctor or midwife fail to notice distress when the baby is being born. This could be because the baby is too large to pass properly through the birth canal. It could also be due to a breach birth that is not properly managed and the umbilical cord gets entwined around the body and neck of the baby cutting off oxygen to the brain. Pre-birth complications which go untreated or are misdiagnosed can also lead to cerebral palsy medical malpractice.

Where Can I Find Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice Companies?

If a family member or loved one is the victim of cerebral palsy medical malpractice, you can consult with a solicitor who handles cerebral palsy medical malpractice. These include such firms as:

  • Williams & Co. Solicitors
  • Bowman Gilfillan
  • Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
  • Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Estimated Costs of Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice Companies

The cost of a cerebral palsy medical malpractice case could be expensive. This is especially true if the insurance company does not settle quickly. If you go to court there will be additional expenses as well. Solicitor firms don't advertise their rates so you will need to contact several to find out how much your case might cost. Most firms will provide a free initial consultation which helps the solicitor learn about your case and quote you an estimated cost.

If your child is the victim of cerebral palsy medical malpractice by all means consult a local solicitor to determine your rights. If they cannot handle your specific case, ask for a referral to a firm which can handle it. It can be a long and sometimes frustrating road to travel, but your legal rights to a fair settlement are worth it.