Birth Injuries Can Have Lifelong Consequences
When doctors do not take adequate care to make sure babies are getting enough oxygen during childbirth, they can end up suffering serious brain injuries. These injuries can cause them to develop cerebral palsy (CP), a physical disability affecting the basic motor functions. At the Providence law firm of DeLuca & Associates, LTD. our experienced Rhode Island cerebral palsy attorneys help parents seek compensation for children injured due to delivery-related malpractice. If your child has been diagnosed with CP, contact us to discuss your options.
Has Your Child Been Diagnosed With Cerebral Palsy?
Brain injuries sustained during childbirth as a result of oxygen deprivation are among the most common causes of cerebral palsy. When a doctor is delivering a baby, he or she is expected to pay close attention to any potential warning signs of restricted oxygen flow.
When OB-GYNs and other providers fail to follow professional standards of care and children end up developing cerebral palsy as a result, they can be held accountable.
Cerebral palsy is not always diagnosed right away. In some cases, a child may not show any symptoms until well after birth. In other cases, a child may be diagnosed with a brain injury relatively quickly, but the specific symptoms of CP may not develop until later.
Contact Our Team Of Experienced Birth Trauma Trial Lawyers
Our cerebral palsy lawyers are experienced at documenting the causes and consequences of our clients’ injuries with the help of cutting-edge technology and credible experts. We have the trial experience to litigate your case if necessary to get fair compensation for your child.
If you believe that your child has developed cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call (401) 453-1500 toll free to schedule a free consultation. We will not charge you any fees unless we are able to help you bring a successful claim.
Cerebral Palsy FAQs
1. Can brain injury in utero cause cerebral palsy?
Yes, there are many causes of cerebral palsy, including prenatal injuries, inflections, and congenital factors.
2. Can cerebral palsy be caused by in utero head injury?
Yes, this is one potential cause of cerebral palsy. Incorrect use of birthing equipment is also a cause.
3. How long does a cerebral palsy lawsuit usually take?
Most cases are settled out of court and can take a few weeks or months. Other cases that go through litigation may take years.
4. Who is allowed to file a cerebral palsy lawsuit?
Typically, the mother, father, or the parents file a cerebral palsy lawsuit. However, grandparents or legal guardians may be involved if the mother is a minor.
5. What will the initial cerebral palsy consultant cost me?
The initial consultation and legal representation through DeLuca & Associates, LTD. is at no cost.
6. How much compensation can I expect to receive after a cerebral palsy lawsuit?
Compensation is based on the specifics of the case, including the severity of the injuries to the infant and the projected future medical and care costs. Our attorneys can provide more information after reviewing your case.
7. How do I know what caused my child's cerebral palsy?
The attorneys at DeLuca & Associates, LTD. can ask questions to determine if a medical error or negligence was a contributing factor to the child’s cerebral palsy.
8. Can a medical error lead to cerebral palsy?
Yes, about 20% of all cerebral palsy cases are linked to medical errors.
9. How long do I have to file a cerebral palsy claim?
In Rhode Island, the statute of limitations is three years from the time of the injury at birth or three years from when the cerebral palsy was diagnosed. Earlier consultation with our attorneys prevents the possibility of missing this deadline.
10. Are cerebral palsy settlements taxable?
No, in most situations, cerebral palsy settlements are not taxed. The exception is a punitive damages award in the settlement, which is taxed as income.
11. Do I need a cerebral palsy attorney?
Yes. This is a complicated medical and legal area, and expertise is needed to prove your case.