Cerebral palsy (CP) is a term used to describe a set of chronic disorders that impair the brain’s ability to adequately control movement and posture. More often than not, a baby can suffer from cerebral palsy due to a doctor or other medical professionals’ medical errors and negligence both before and during the birth. This is unfortunate and devastating, as there is no cure for brain damage causing cerebral palsy and is permanent throughout the child’s entire life. Call our team to discuss cerebral palsy lawsuits in Michigan.
Cerebral palsy is often classified by severity level as mild, moderate, severe, or no CP. These are broad generalizations that lack a specific set of criteria. Below is the common classification which offers a simple method of communicating the scope of impairment.
Some of the most common causes of CP that may give rise to filing a Michigan cerebral palsy lawsuit include the failure to:
Other possible forms of negligence in which a Michigan cerebral palsy lawsuit may be filed include the administration of too much Pitocin, failing to refer the mother to a specialist when problems arose during the pregnancy, and neglecting to have a pediatrician present at delivery during a high-risk pregnancy.
A child who suffers from cerebral palsy will need a variety of services to make life livable for them and to gain some measure of independence. Because it is a non-progressive health condition, it does not necessarily worsen over time, however services such as medications, physical therapy, and lifetime medical treatment may all be required to help the child cope with the disability.
While every child is affected in a variety of ways, the fact of the matter is that the effects are very traumatic and unfortunately a child will suffer their entire lifetime due to someone else’s mistake. In the event that CP was due to the medical negligence or error of a doctor or medical professional, a lawsuit may be able to be filed to obtain a settlement to compensate the child and his/her parents. This often includes significant funds necessary to care for the child throughout their lifetime.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is caused by abnormal development of the brain or damage to the developing brain that affects a child’s ability to controls his or her muscles. Unfortunately, there are several factors that can cause abnormal development or damage. It used to be believed that CP was only caused by lack of oxygen during deliver. However, scientists now believe that this causes only a small number of CP cases. Studies have shown that the brain damage that leads to CP can happen before birth, during birth, within a month after birth, or during the first years of a child’s life, while the brain is still developing.
According to the CDC, CP related to brain damage that happened before or during birth is called congenital CP. The majority of CP (85%–90%) is congenital. In many cases, the specific cause is not known.
Though the specific cause of congenital CP is not always known, some factors may increase the chance that a child may have CP. Some of these risk factors are listed below. However, just because a child may have one or more of these risk factors does not mean that the child will have CP. Some of the risk factors for congenital CP are listed below.
A jury recently awarded a 25-year-old woman with cerebral palsy a verdict of $43 million dollars against the hospital where she was born. The jury found that the negligence of the hospital caused her cerebral palsy. She is confined to a wheelchair and has very limited communication abilities. She is unable to live independently. The amount is the total amount of the award into the future and not the present value of the judgment. The award included compensation for home health care expenses, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost earnings. The suit alleged that the woman suffered her brain injuries as a result of lack of oxygen and other negligent care at the time of her birth.
If you believe that your child’s cerebral palsy was caused my a medical error or mistake, you should contact our experienced cerebral palsy lawyers to review your case. We charge no legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case expenses.
To get started on your case, call us now for your Free, No Obligation Case Review. You will have a conversation with a friendly and experienced Michigan cerebral palsy lawsuit attorney who will be able to help you and answer all of your questions. If you choose us for your case, we will start working on it immediately.
Warning: There are strict time limitations for filing this type of claim in Michigan, therefore it is important that you contact one of our experienced attorneys immediately who is an expert at handling medical malpractice and birth injury cases. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever and you may not be able to be compensated for medical bills incurred and lifetime treatment your child may need.
The United Cerebral Palsy organization has affiliates throughout the United States. The provide direct services to individuals and families with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. This is a tremendous resource of information and other valuable resources. In Michigan, the UCP affiliates are:
3401 East Saginaw, Suite 216
Lansing, MI 48912
Phone: (517) 203-1200; (800) 828-2714 (Toll Free)
Fax: (517) 203-1203
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.ucpmichigan.org/
UCP of Metro Detroit
23077 Greenfield, Suite 205 Southfield, MI 48075
Phone: (248) 557-5070; (800) 827-4843
Fax: (248) 557-4456
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