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Having children is a wonderful and joyous experience for those who want to grow their family. Unfortunately, however, for some families, the birth of a child may bring unexpected complications and add challenges the life of your child and your family. While we live in an age of advanced medicine, science, and technology, the possibility of your child suffering a birth injury is still real and cerebral palsy is one of the most devastating.
Birth injuries such as cerebral palsy can be caused by medical malpractice or negligence and can cause a lifetime of complications for your child. Cerebral palsy occurs when the child’s developing brain incurs a trauma or damage, such as a lack of oxygen, bleeding, or injury that happens during labor or delivery. Each year in the U.S., it’s estimated that there are 6,000 to 10,000 infants who are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Since the condition affects the infant’s growing brain, a plethora of problems can result that may last a lifetime.
Some of the developmental issues associated with cerebral palsy may include:
- Issues of motor function in the lower or all four limbs
- Loss of vision and/or hearing
- Intellectual disability
- Learning disorders
- Issues with swallowing
- Attention deficit disorders
- Issues with balance or posture
- Problems with speech
- Developmental disabilities
- Problems with crawling, walking, standing, or sitting up
As you can see, there are a number of intellectual, physical, and developmental issues that can result from your child having cerebral palsy. Unfortunately, these issues may also result in your child requiring special accommodations or assistance for the remainder of their lives. This can cause a financial and emotional burden on a family.
At Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter, we understand how difficult this situation can be on your child and your family. We know that you want what’s best for your child and that’s why we fight for your family in the event that the condition was caused by medical malpractice or negligence. We work to establish who’s liable for your child’s condition and offer our support to your family during this difficult time. If you believe that it was a medical professional that assisted you during your pregnancy, labor, or delivery that caused your child’s condition we can help fight for compensation to help lessen the financial burden your family may face.
Families who’ve been impacted by cerebral palsy may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical fees
- Long-term care fees
- Modifications to the home or car
- Adaptive devices
- Loss of child’s future income
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
If your child has cerebral palsy and you believe it’s the result of medical negligence or malpractice, please contact our experienced attorneys today by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at 407-712-7300 to schedule your complimentary consultation. We proudly help those who live in and near Orlando, Tampa, and Miami, Florida.