Legal Resources for Birth Injury Victims

Almost 1 in every 10 children born with cerebral palsy is the victim of medical malpractice. If a medical provider error occurred, it may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. A birth injury lawyer may help you recover compensation to help defray the lifetime costs associated with your child’s treatment and care.

If you are hesitant about pursuing legal options, know that medical provider errors are not necessarily inevitable: With proper medical training and care, some birth injuries could be prevented altogether. To learn more about your legal rights and the options available to you, schedule a free lawyer consultation.  

Should You Contact a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer?

Cerebral palsy is a tremendously expensive disorder. Over the course of a child’s lifetime, the average cost of CP treatment and management is close to $1,000,000. Many families often lack the financial resources to afford expensive long-term care and may go into debt as a result. While there are cerebral palsy scholarships and government assistance programs like SNAP to help offset some of the costs, these outlets typically fail to cover the full course of treatment or symptom management.

If your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by a medical providers’ actions, you may be eligible for legal compensation to help cover your child’s past and future CP treatment. Many birth injury lawyers offer free legal evaluations and work on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront legal costs.

If your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by a medical professional’s error, you may be eligible for legal compensation.

Finding the Best Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

While there are many cerebral palsy lawyers out there, it’s important to retain a highly qualified birth injury law firm due to the complex nature of the litigation. Medical malpractice laws vary state by state, and in some cases, they don’t favor the victims. The defendants in these cases, typically hospitals or insurance providers, often have the resources to hire large defense law firms. To successfully advocate for yourself, you need a law firm with the resources to properly investigate your claim and defend your legal rights.

In order to make the process of finding a cerebral palsy or birth injury lawyer as simple as possible, we’ve partnered with some of the highest-regarded law firms in the country. If you are interested in receiving a free case evaluation from one of these top-tier firms, please contact us for more information.

Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injury Lawyer

As the most common motor disorder in newborns, occurring in nearly 4 out of every 1,000 births, cerebral palsy is still not a fully understood disorder. However, in at least 10% of cases, the birth injury is directly due to the action – or inaction – of your medical provider. For these cases, talking with a birth injury attorney is vital as the medical staff or doctor may be held liable for the damage done to your child and ordered to pay – in whole or in part – the cost of treatment and management of the injury for the child’s lifetime.

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Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injury Lawsuit

An estimated 10 percent of children born with cerebral palsy were born with it as a result of medical malpractice. If your child was born with CP, it is worth consulting a birth injury attorney to see if the injury might have been avoidable and whether a lawsuit is possible. It is especially important to start this process early due to the complex nature of medical malpractice suits and the state-by-state statutes of limitations (or time period from when the injury occurred to legal filing).

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Life Care Plans

A life care plan is an important step in the financial planning for your child’s future. The primary purpose of such a plan is as a legal document which – provided during proceedings – lays out the future costs of the disorder and informs the jury when making a decision on settlement value.

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Birth Injury Settlements

Due to the lifetime nature of the disorder and the expensive treatment required, it is not uncommon for CP settlements to number in the millions. $2, $3, and $4 million dollar settlements are often awarded to help defray the lifetime cost of treatment and might also include a punitive component.

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  1. CDC