Having a child is supposed to be one of the most joyful experiences of one’s life. Throughout a pregnancy, parents typically pray for one outcome – a healthy baby. Cerebral Palsy (also referred to as CP) is a neurological disorder that occurs while the child’s brain is developing – before, during, or shortly after birth. It affects motor skills, body movement, muscle coordination, reflexes, balances, and posture. Unfortunately, many instances of this birth injury are caused by medical negligence during labor and delivery. If you believe your child’s Cerebral Palsy was caused by a doctor or hospital, call our Memphis Cerebral Palsy attorneys today. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz is the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee, dedicated to providing compassionate legal representation to those in need.What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Each year, 8,000 – 10,000 babies are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Signs of Cerebral Palsy include spastic limbs, difficulty controlling their movements, head lagging, trouble bringing hand to mouth, crawling in a lopsided manner, drooling, difficulty eating and swallowing, and difficulty bringing two hands together. If you notice these symptoms, consult with a medical professional immediately.
Some cases of Cerebral Palsy are genetic and therefore unavoidable, which can include low birth weight, prematurity, and the mother’s medical conditions. However, many instances are caused by the negligence of a health care provider, also known as acquired Cerebral Palsy.
Cerebral Palsy can be caused by many factors, including:
- Lack of oxygen to the brain
- Umbilical cord strangulation
- Traumatic injury during childbirth
- Untreated or improperly treated infections occurring prior to or right after birth
- Untreated Rh incompatibility
If you suspect your child’s Cerebral Palsy was caused by a negligent medical provider, you should contact a Cerebral Palsy lawyer in the Memphis area as soon as possible. Of all birth injury cases, Cerebral Palsy cases are highly fact-intensive. For starters, they involve complex liability questions. It will be necessary for expert witnesses to review medical and hospital records to prove a health care provider fell short of the relevant standard of care. Relevant concerns include whether a doctor identified risk factors or reacted appropriately, given the circumstances. In addition to satisfying the applicable burden of proof, your lawyer will need to comply with statutory requirements and medical malpractice laws.
Complex damages questions also come into play in a Cerebral Palsy case. There are varying degrees of Cerebral Palsy, including spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic, and mixed. Unfortunately, Cerebral Palsy cannot be cured. Our Cerebral Palsy attorneys can help Memphis residents and others deal with this, and we know the right experts to contact so that these injuries can be properly evaluated.
A child diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy will require extensive, long-term medical treatment. Forms of treatment may include surgery, medication, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. In a birth injury lawsuit against a doctor, hospital, health care provider, or their insurance company, the attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has the experience, resources, and commitment to assess and determine the costs associated with the long-term medical treatment that arises from Cerebral Palsy as well as loss of earning capacity. Furthermore, we have extensive trial experience, which would be utilized to assess the most important damages in a Cerebral Palsy case: non-economic losses. These injuries would include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.Did Your Child Suffer a Birth Injury?
For a free consultation with a birth injury lawyer about your child’s Cerebral Palsy diagnosis, call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form. Our Memphis Cerebral Palsy lawyers recognize the emotional toll and financial strain that can be placed on a family after a child is diagnosed with this type of condition, and we can investigate your situation and help hold the responsible parties accountable for negligent actions or omissions. Each day, our medical malpractice lawyers fight for the rights of children and families across Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.