The effects of cerebral palsy can last a lifetime. Our attorneys are experienced in birth injury cases and will handle every aspect of the legal process so you can concentrate on your family’s well-being. If your child suffers from this condition, we urge you to speak with a cerebral palsy lawyer from our Daytona, FL, law office today. We can answer any questions you may have, determine your claim eligibility, and advise on the most effective course of action. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau.
Understanding the Effects of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder caused by damage to the brain during birth or early childhood. The effects of cerebral palsy include weak muscles, stiff muscles, tremors and seizures, lack of coordination, lack of muscle control, and other physical symptoms. It is important to note that cerebral palsy is not curable; the condition is not caused by any mechanical defect which can be addressed through surgery, but rather damage to the portions of the brain which control movement and dexterity. Because the condition is not curable, the effects of cerebral palsy are permanent.
A number of factors can lead to the development of cerebral palsy. The condition can occur prior to birth, during birth, or in early childhood. If cerebral palsy occurs as a result of a birth injury, we encourage you to take action. Birth injuries are often preventable, and their occurrence may indicate medical malpractice. Common causes of cerebral palsy include:
- Brain damage
- Brain infections (such as bacterial meningitis or viral encephalitis)
- Head injury resulting from trauma
- Hypoxia or birth asphyxia
- Breech births
If your son or daughter has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau can help. Our attorneys are well-versed in this area of litigation, and can investigate the circumstances surrounding your child's injury. If we believe that the palsy stems from a preventable injury, we will begin proceedings to file a civil suit against the negligent party or parties.
Damages in Birth Injury Cases
A civil suit can help your family navigate the many long months ahead by providing for your financial security. Of course, it can also enable you to focus on what's important – your family's health and well-being. Though there is no guarantee of a successful resolution, in medical malpractice cases, damages are typically awarded for:
Pain and Suffering
The impact that cerebral palsy can have on your child cannot be overstated. Cerebral palsy is a permanent condition that will affect your son or daughter for a lifetime. This injury causes not just physical damage, but a great deal of emotional pain and suffering as well. Let us work on your behalf to maximize your recovery for this stress and anxiety.
Cerebral palsy often results in significant financial burden, as ongoing and long-term care is typically required. Our team can ensure your family is justly compensated so that this burden does not have to be shouldered by you and your loved ones. We will work to recover damages that are sufficient to provide for a lifetime of related medical treatments.
Individuals who suffer from cerebral palsy often have to undergo physical rehabilitation, and many seek out emotional counseling as well. We will work diligently to ensure that these costs are covered by the defendant – and not your family.
Loss of Wages
In some cases, one or both parents are unable to return to work following a birth injury, as caring for their injured child requires their full attention. If you or your spouse are unable or less able to maintain full-time employment as a result of a birth injury, we can help you recover damages for loss of wages and earning capacity.
Contact Us To Learn More
Defendants in medical malpractice cases have significant resources at their disposal, and will vigorously defend their interests in court. At Chanfrau & Chanfrau, we are large enough to take on any defendant, yet still small enough to provide personal and compassionate service. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have questions regarding your rights. Schedule a consultation today to meet our team.