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If your baby is diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP), you may suspect it was caused by a birth injury. But how do you know for certain? Cerebral palsy may be caused by an infection, abnormalities or other conditions during pregnancy. It may also occur after birth, as the result of such circumstances as extreme prematurity or hereditary conditions. During birth, CP may result from dystocia or problems with the umbilical cord – which, among other factors, may cause the brain to be deprived of oxygen.
At the Franklin Law Group in Louisville, we know that proving cerebral palsy was caused by the negligence of your obstetrician, labor and delivery nurses, the hospital or others, in whom you placed your trust, is not easy. We also know caring for a child with CP is costly. Parents may face a lifetime of expenses, from medical bills to medical equipment, to meet their child’s special needs.
Most of all, we know how to make sure that those who were responsible for your child’s birth injury are held accountable.
The signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy may include:
If you notice any of these symptoms, talk to your pediatrician. Then make sure you have a legal advocate on your side.
Building your birth injury case begins with listening to your story. Schedule a free consultation and tell us what happened. We can discuss your legal options. If, after your free case evaluation, we both feel it is in your best interest to file a claim, we will have you sign a release, allowing us to collect both mother’s and baby’s medical records.
Proving your case starts with investigation. Once we have your records, we work with a trusted network of medical professionals in the fields of obstetrics, anesthesiology, pediatrics and pediatric neurology who perform a record review.
If we find evidence that negligence, carelessness or deviation from an accepted standard of care caused a cerebral palsy birth injury, we will file a lawsuit. Many times, we are able to negotiate a settlement that takes into account all your needs, including past, current and future medical expenses. At other times, it may be necessary to go to trial.
If you believe your baby may have cerebral palsy caused by a birth injury, contact our Louisville birth injury attorneys today
There is a statute of limitation on how long you have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Kentucky. To schedule your free consultation, please call us at 502.637.6000 or contact us online. We can assess your case and make sure you file for damages within the allowable time limit.
Franklin Law Group, PSC
505 West Ormsby Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40203