Columbus Cerebral Palsy Attorney
Cerebral palsy refers to a group of motor function disorders. It is the most common movement disorder in childhood. Although symptoms can vary, people with cerebral palsy may not be able to walk or talk unassisted. They may have trouble with coordination, weak muscles, tremors, and communication. Cerebral palsy is a permanent condition. It is possible for medical malpractice and birth injuries to cause cerebral palsy. Speak to a Columbus cerebral palsy lawyer today about your loved one’s case for free at Elk & Elk. Call (800) ELK-OHIO for a confidential consultation.
Why Choose Us?
- Our Columbus personal injury lawyers have earned more than $1 billion in results for our clients over the years.
- We have spent the last 50 years successfully representing the people of Ohio.
- We devise legal strategies based on the client’s specific needs and concerns.
- We have the resources to take on even the most challenging cases.
- We do not charge anything for our services unless we win.
Do You Need an Attorney?
Experts estimate around 10% of cerebral palsy cases stem from injuries incurred during or shortly after birth. As a parent just learning of your child’s cerebral palsy, you might not know whether a birth injury is to blame. Conferring with a law firm can give you the resources and personnel to understand more about your child’s diagnosis, and to fight back against the doctor or facility that caused the condition. A lawyer can guide your family through the claims process, taking care of paperwork while you focus on your child. Hiring an attorney improves your odds of securing maximum compensation for your child’s condition.
Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injuries
Cerebral palsy can occur when something interrupts or damages an infant’s brain development, either while in the womb or shortly after birth. Damage to different parts of the brain cause different symptoms. Several examples of medical malpractice exist that could cause cerebral palsy by depriving the baby’s brain of the chance for healthy, normal development.
- Failure to diagnose maternal conditions, such as infections
- Failure to monitor fetal vital signs during labor and delivery
- Umbilical cord complications
- Infant brain hypoxia (lack of oxygen)
- Failure to order an emergency cesarean section
- Brain injuries from improper use of birthing tools
- Failure to treat infant jaundice after birth
- Traumatic injury to the baby’s brain shortly after birth
An individual physician could be legally responsible for causing cerebral palsy if he or she failed to fulfill the required standard of patient care. A hospital or birthing center might be liable if the at-fault party was an employee, or if the facility did something to contribute (e.g., failure to train employees). A lawyer can help you determine the liable party.
Lifetime Impact of Cerebral Palsy on a Child
No known cure exists for cerebral palsy. However, treatments are available to improve a child’s mobility, independence, and enjoyment of life. If a negligent physician or someone else contributed to your child’s condition, you have the right to pursue compensation for lifelong damages from that person.
- Physical and mental impairments
- Lifelong medical care
- Surgeries and treatments
- Mobility assistive devices
- Special education
- Lost opportunities
- Decreased quality of life
- Lower life expectancy
These are all damages your family could potentially pursue through a personal injury claim in Ohio. The courts may award you and your child an amount to cover your past expenses and foreseeable future ones, as well as noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering. Working with an attorney can help you maximize your family’s financial recovery and achieve stability.
Contact Us for a Case Review in Columbus
Elk & Elk gives a voice to victims who cannot speak for themselves. We understand cerebral palsy and how it can result from medical malpractice. We are not afraid to go up against physicians, hospitals, and major corporations on a client’s behalf. If you want a lawyer to advocate for your child’s rights and needs, contact us today. You are not alone in your fight for justice.