Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect the brain and nervous system, and can lead to lifelong physical and mental disabilities. It typically occurs as a child grows in the womb, or for up to two years after he or she has been born.
There are many varying factors that can lead to cerebral palsy, and it is sometimes possible for the disorder to be the result of an error made by a doctor or another medical professional. Risks can include an infection in the mother, prematurity or low birth weight, hypoxia (a lack of oxygen) and other disruptions to the labor process.
Children with cerebral palsy face a lifetime of costly medical bills and support–the Center for Disease Control estimated in 2003 that the lifetime economic costs of a child with cerebral palsy topped $1 million dollars. In the years since, that number has surely risen. Even more importantly, these children’s futures are taken away, and they are left without many of the chances and opportunities a healthy child might have as they grow older.
If your child has been born with cerebral palsy that you believe may have been the result of medical malpractice, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as early as possible so they can help you determine your next step. Kolsby Gordon has the ability to identify all future costs and expenses and make the wrongdoer accountable for the future expenses that the parents face. Please call us today.