Baltimore Cerebral Palsy Attorneys Help Parents Find Peace of Mind
Protecting the rights and health of affected families
Hearing a diagnosis of cerebral palsy can be overwhelming with all of the things you need to do to care for your child. Cerebral palsy (CP) is caused by abnormal brain development or direct damage to the brain, which affects a person’s ability to control their muscles. CP is a lifelong affliction with no known cure. In order to ensure you have the financial support you need to treat this life-altering condition, you need an attorney who will examine the facts surrounding your pregnancy and child’s birth, and determine if someone is at fault. When it comes to your CP case, turn to Mallon & McCool, LLC for experienced advice and strong legal representation when you need it.
What are common causes of cerebral palsy?
It used to be assumed that most cases of CP were caused by a lack of oxygen during the birthing process. More recent studies, however, reveal that this makes up only a small percentage of CP cases, and there are a wide variety of causes, including both medical causes related to negligent care, and non-medical causes which can occur shortly after birth.
Medical mistakes during childbirth, including inducing labor before the baby is ready, rough handling during delivery, and improper use of birthing implements can result in asphyxiation, birth trauma and shaken baby syndrome resulting in CP. After delivery, any traumatic accident including injuries from events like a car accident, near-suffocation while a baby is sleeping, or near-drowning during bathing can also cause CP. Anyone who cares for your child has the potential to put their health at risk.
Does my child have cerebral palsy?
In addition to causes, there are many ways CP can present itself, and there are different symptoms to look for at different times in your child’s development.
- Zero to six months: Monitor if your baby feels floppy or stiff, or if he or she seems to push away from you when being held by overextending the back and neck. One of the most common symptoms is a crossing or scissoring of legs as well
- Six to ten months: If your child shows an inability to roll over or to bring his or her hands together or to his or her mouth, these can be signs of CP in development. One pose to watch out for is keeping one hand outstretched while the other is fisted
- Ten months and older: As your child becomes more mobile, if they crawl in a lopsided manner, favoring one arm and leg over the other, or if they scoot on their buttocks or knees instead of crawling on all fours, these may be signs of CP
Am I entitled to compensation for my child’s cerebral palsy?
It is your doctor’s responsibility to monitor both risk factors and signs of CP throughout your pregnancy. If your child is developmentally disabled, it may be the result of negligence during gestation or malpractice in the birthing process. If this is the case, you should seek out legal assistance and demand financial compensation as you pursue courses of treatment for your child.
Why contact an attorney about your cerebral palsy case?
With such a wide variety of possible causes, it can be difficult to make a claim about exactly who is responsible for your child’s condition. The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC have the knowledge and expertise surrounding cerebral palsy cases to pinpoint the cause and hold the responsible parties accountable. Our lawyers will work with you through the legal process and support your best interests either by negotiating with the defendant or arguing on your behalf at trial.
Talk to a Maryland cerebral palsy law firm about your legal options
Cerebral palsy affects patients for a lifetime, and while it can be treated, there is no known cure. If your child was born with cerebral palsy due to medical errors or negligence, we help make sure you have the resources you need to manage their condition. Reach us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We serve Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. We work on a contingency basis, which means our firm does not receive any fees unless we recover compensation for you.