Sometimes it’s clear that medical malpractice led to your child’s birth injuries, but this is not always the case. There are some instances where it’s a clear-cut case of negligence, and others where there’s no evidence that the physician was negligent in any way.
In order to understand the options available to you and your family, the best thing to do is seek out a free consultation with an experienced cerebral palsy lawyer. They will answer your questions, explain your options, and look into the facts of your case in order to determine if you have a potential claim or lawsuit. These types of attorneys only take cases on contingency (no-win, no-fee), so you can trust them to be honest. They only accept cases that they believe have a good chance of winning.
There is usually an investigation whenever a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. During the course of this investigation, it may be determined that the physician delivering the child was negligent, or it may be determined that they weren’t negligent in any way. If they determine that it was not the physician’s fault, it’s obviously more difficult for the family to sue. If they determine that it was the physician’s fault, the family may decide to move forward with a lawsuit.
In some cases, the family may not believe what the investigation finds and may want another one conducted. This is something that you can discuss with an attorney.
There are plenty of circumstances that can lead to cerebral palsy, and that require no physician negligence to manifest. If something like this caused your child’s cerebral palsy, there’s really no one to sue. There are also cases where they may not really be able to determine what caused your child’s CP. You may want to talk to a lawyer about these situations.
Statute of Limitations
There are limitations on how long you have to file a cerebral palsy lawsuit after your child’s birth. Even if you’re not sure whether or not you want to sue, you should contact an attorney to see how long you have to wait. It could mean the difference between a big settlement and not even being able to bring a lawsuit at all.
You don’t have to worry about risking your own money when filing a lawsuit. Attorneys who handle CP cases work on a contingency basis. This means that you don’t have to pay a penny out of pocket, and your attorney earns no fee unless the jury finds in your favor or you win a settlement.
There are great attorneys who work under these arrangements, and for their clients, it often means being able to pursue compensation rather than having to deal with the tremendous expenses of cerebral palsy on their own. Contacting an attorney is always the first step, however.