Cerebral palsy is a devastating birth injury that can have lifetime consequences for a child. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you have the right to know if it was the result of medical malpractice. Our reputable Syracuse cerebral palsy attorneys will investigate the circumstances of your injury to determine if malpractice occurred.
A jury recently awarded the family of a boy $130 million in a medical negligence case after he suffered severe brain damage at a Detroit hospital, resulting in cerebral palsy. According to the complaint, technicians at the hospital failed to give chest compressions to the boy when it was required and his brain was deprived of oxygen leading to permanent injury. The boy was just two months old when the injury took place in 2006. He is now 12-years-old and requires a lot of assistance in day-to-day life, including needing help getting in and out of the bathtub. The boy’s mother looks after him full time. The jury made its decision after a three-week civil trial. The hospital plans to appeal.
Suing for Birth Injuries
Damage to the developing brain during or after birth can cause cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a broad medical term used to describe many neurological disorders that affect movement and muscle coordination. While the condition does not worsen over time, it can have a costly and lifelong impact on an individual’s life. Cerebral palsy is often the result of a lack of oxygen to the brain at birth, decreased blood flow to the brain, or trauma and hemorrhage can injure the brain tissue.
Parents of a child whose cerebral palsy was caused by a preventable birth injury may be entitled to legal compensation through a medical malpractice claim. Under New York law, medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional fails to use the level of care that a reasonably prudent medical professional would have used in the same situation, thereby causing injury or harm to the patient. It is important to note that the medical professional’s failure to use the required level of care must have been the direct cause of the patient’s harm.
Damages in Birth Injury Cases
Victims of cerebral palsy caused by medical malpractice in New York can seek compensation for their harm. While compensation does not solve all of the challenges associated with the condition, it can help pay for support and services that are needed. Typically, a victim will be able to receive a variety of expenses including, but not limited to: medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, cost of future case and more.
Seasoned Syracuse Birth Injury Attorneys
If your child suffers from this condition because of a medical professional’s negligence, you should contact a seasoned birth injury attorney based in Syracuse. Our firm has helped countless clients navigate complicated birth injury claims and secure the damages they need to move on with their life. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we are committed to getting our clients the compensation they deserve. For more information, please call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us via our website.
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