It’s a touchy subject to bring up, but a cerebral palsy lawsuit is often the only way to recover damages (losses) from the hospital, doctor or medical professional who’s negligence caused such a serious injury to your child. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) and you believe that it is the direct result of medical malpractice or negligence, call us today. Not all cerebral palsy cases are caused by malpractice, however, there are situations where cerebral palsy is most certainly the result of negligence on the part of the medical provider.
If you decide to sue after finding out your child has CP, the first thing that you’ll need to do is contact a lawyer. I know that sounds off-putting for many, but you won’t know if you really have a case until you consult with an attorney – and consultations are 100% free at most law firms. An attorney cannot tell you 100% whether or not your claim will be successful, but they can determine whether or not your claim is worth filing in a court. If it isn’t, and if you’re working with an attorney who works on contingency (like most every personal injury attorney), your case will progress no further and you will not be charged a single penny. It’s important to choose a lawyer who works on contingency. These lawyers don’t charge any upfront fees, so you will never end up being billed for the time you spend with them consulting about your case.
If the lawyer decides to take your case, they’ll have to prepare you to testify in court (if need be). This process can be a bit intimidating, but the lawyer will make sure you’re ready to face a jury and that you’re comfortable with the entire process. Just as important, your attorney knows how to properly bring such a claim in front of the appropriate court, file all required paperwork, respond to interrogatories, and ensure your best chance at a successful outcome. To be more direct about it, if you’re not an attorney, trying to file a lawsuit yourself will only serve to damage or throw out what once was a good case.
If your cerebral palsy lawyer has a particularly strong case to work with, they may even be able to negotiate an out-of-court settlement. In such a scenario, the defendant(s) will come forth and offer an amount of money that they are willing to offer in return for you dropping your lawsuit against them. The benefit for you in this situation is that you don’t have to go to court at all. Your attorney will negotiate the settlement while keeping you informed, and will not accept any settlements without your approval, ensuring that you’re always in control of the situation.