Birth injuries are a challenging event in a family’s life. The tremendous emotional toll and the devastation caused by birth injuries are almost too much for a parent to endure. Some birth injuries even result in cerebral palsy.
While money can’t erase your child’s injury, it can help you get them the best medical treatment possible. That’s why filing a medical malpractice claim after a birth injury is so important.
At WGK Personal Injury Lawyers, our Baltimore cerebral palsy lawyers have fought for decades to hold negligent medical providers responsible for their malpractice. We’ve recovered millions for our clients, allowing them to move forward and regain a sense of normalcy.
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How Our Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers Will Fight to Protect Your Child’s Rights
Fortunately, medical professionals can be held financially liable for damages caused by negligence, intentional acts, or other wrongdoing. However, proving a doctor is guilty of medical malpractice can be a time-consuming and costly process, especially for child injuries. Many birth injuries don’t manifest symptoms until months or years after a child’s birth.
At WGK Personal Injury Lawyers, we put decades of experience and resources to work on your claim. We will use three generations of wisdom and skills to investigate your child’s injury and identify everyone responsible.
When you hire our legal team in Baltimore, Maryland, you can expect us to:
- Complete a thorough investigation to determine how you and your baby were injured
- Gather evidence, including opinions from medical experts, financial experts, and other experts as needed
- Document your child’s damages to calculate the value of past and future damages
- File insurance claims with the insurance company and monitor the progress of the claim
- Calculate the deadline for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit
Our office will handle every aspect of your legal case. We do not want to add stress to an already traumatic situation for you or your family. Our goal is to recover compensation for your child’s damages while you focus on your child’s health and well-being.
Please reach out to us by telephone or online to speak with a Baltimore personal injury lawyer.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy is a disorder that negatively impacts a child’s balance, movement, and posture. Cerebral palsy (CP) affects the cerebral motor cortex, which is the part of the brain that directs muscle movements.
Risk factors that increase the chance of being born with cerebral palsy include:
- Premature birth
- Being a very small baby
- Being a twin or multiple births
- Severe jaundice
- Complications during labor and delivery
- Exposure to toxins
- Certain maternal health conditions
- Infections during pregnancy
- Being conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization) or other assisted reproductive technology
Children with cerebral palsy may have difficulty speaking and using fine motor skills. A child may also experience problems learning.
Signs of cerebral palsy include spastic movements, choking, delayed development, unusual posture, and abnormal muscle tone. An infant may also have difficulty grasping objects, focusing on tasks, and have excessive drooling.
Cerebral Palsy Caused by Medical Malpractice
In addition to the above risk factors, several medical errors could result in cerebral palsy. Medical negligence that could lead to cerebral palsy includes:
- Failing to identify risk factors before birth
- Failing to control the pace of labor and delivery and causing the infant to go through a prolonged childbirth process
- Improper use of vacuum extraction or forceps
- Failure to perform a timely C-section (Caesarean section) to prevent loss of oxygen to the baby’s brain causing brain injury
- Failure to act quickly at the first sign of fetal distress
- Failing to monitor the mother and baby during labor and delivery
- Failure to diagnose complications, including problems with the umbilical cord
If you suspect that medical negligence led to your baby developing cerebral palsy, contact our office as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. You and your child could receive compensation for damages caused by medical malpractice.
Money will not undo the terrible wrong committed by a doctor or other medical professional. However, a medical malpractice claim can force the responsible party to compensate you and your child for damages. Those funds can help provide for the care and treatment your child needs as they deal with cerebral palsy throughout their life.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Discovering your child has a medical condition can be overwhelming. Learning that the condition was caused by medical negligence is devastating.
We are here for you when you need support and legal advice. Call now if your child has cerebral palsy to discuss your case with a Baltimore Cerebral Palsy lawyer.