If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you believe it may be the result of negligent medical care, an experienced birth injury attorney can help. Attorneys at the Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, represent those who have suffered injuries as a result of medical negligence. We know that watching your child suffer from cerebral palsy and other types of medical negligence injuries is emotional and difficult, and we can help.
Cerebral Palsy Practice Group
- Our attorneys provide personal and attentive services throughout your legal representation. We meet with you at no cost to review your case, explain all of your legal rights and responsibilities, and handle all of the legal work from start to finish.
- Our law office is located in Morgantown, and we represent clients for birth injuries throughout West Virginia. We only handle personal injury cases because we are committed to helping injured clients recover compensation. We try to ensure that our clients have the resources and support they need to help them heal from their injuries and move forward with their lives.
- We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, and we provide legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay legal fees until we have helped you win your personal injury claim and secure compensation for your losses.
Causes Of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is generally the result of brain injury or problems with brain development. Lack of oxygen before, during, or after childbirth can cause cerebral palsy. Other causes include maternal infection, infant infection, and traumatic head injuries. Sometimes the complications that cause cerebral palsy are unavoidable or undetectable. Other times, however, cerebral palsy is the result of negligent medical care.
Examples of medical negligence that can lead to cerebral palsy include the following:
- Failure to detect and treat maternal or infant infections
- Failure to properly monitor and detect fetal distress due to lack of oxygen
- Failure to discover a prolapsed umbilical cord
- Injuries during delivery due to improper use of forceps and other labor and delivery equipment
- Failure to provide appropriate interventions during labor and delivery, such as performing a c-section when a baby is in distress or is too large for a vaginal childbirth
- Failure to properly resuscitate a newborn
- Failure to diagnose and treat pre-term labor
How We Can Help
Determining the cause of your child’s cerebral palsy can be a difficult process, especially when medical professionals are not forthcoming with information related to your child’s injuries. Medical professionals rarely admit to making mistakes or negligence in medical care. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling medical malpractice cases, and they know how to investigate and gather information to help prove the cause and extent of your child’s injuries.
Carefully examining medical records and enlisting medical experts to help with the investigation process is critical in determining and proving the cause of your child’s injuries. When we investigate birth injury cases, we often find that one or more medical professionals’ negligence caused or contributed to the baby’s injuries and damages. This means that there may be several defendants and their insurance companies involved in your case.
Our attorneys will take care of communication and settlement negotiations with the defendants so that you can focus on your child’s medical care. Our West Virginia medical malpractice lawyers retain experts to help calculate damages, such as the cost of long-term medical care and necessary injury accommodations. We will also preserve your right to pursue compensation by preparing all legal documents and ensuring that they are timely filed.
Medical Negligence Compensation
When we meet with parents, they often want to know the value of their child’s case. There is no one size fits all value for cerebral palsy cases. Our goal is to maximize your compensation and ensure that your child’s lifelong financial and medical needs are met. Typically, financial compensation is relative to the extent of your child’s impairment.
The value of your case is generally higher for injuries that are more severe. Like many of our clients, it is understandable that you would like to see the legal process move along as quickly as possible. However, it often takes time for your child to develop physically and emotionally so that we can better determine the full extent of your child’s injuries.
Settling cases too quickly can result in compensation that does not cover all of your losses. To maximize your financial recovery, we must have evidence to demonstrate the severity of injuries and how they will continue to impact your child for the rest of his or her life. Medical expert evaluation and opinions are critical to proving the extent of your child’s injuries.
Depending on the particular facts and circumstances of your case, recoverable compensation may include:
- Medical expenses and future medical costs. Medical expenses can be significant for cerebral palsy and other permanent injuries that require lifelong medical care.
- Lost future earning potential if your child’s injuries limit his or her physical and mental ability to work.
- In-home care expenses
- Physical therapy costs
- Other out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Attorneys
If your child has cerebral palsy or other childbirth injuries, the personal injury attorneys at the Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, can help. We provide free consultations to discuss your case and explore all of your legal recovery options. We know that watching your injured child struggle is difficult, and we will work to hold the responsible parties accountable.
Medical professionals are held to a high standard of care, and when inadequate medical care results in your child’s injuries, you should be compensated. We handle most of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not pay for our legal services until you have been compensated for your losses. Our birth injury attorneys are based in Morgantown, but serve all of West Virginia. Call our office at (304) 594-1800 or visit our contact page to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.