Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injuries: Understanding Your Legal Rights in Illinois

 Posted on March 21, 2023 in Medical Malpractice

Chicago Medical Malpractice LawyerCerebral palsy is a serious birth injury that affects muscle movement and coordination. It can occur when a baby’s brain does not develop properly or when there is damage to the brain during delivery.

If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to a birth injury, you may be wondering what your legal rights are and what steps you can take to seek compensation. 

Causes of Cerebral Palsy in Illinois

Cerebral palsy can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetic conditions, infections during pregnancy, and birth injuries. Birth injuries are a common cause of cerebral palsy. Common birth injuries that can cause cerebral palsy include oxygen deprivation during delivery, fetal distress, and traumatic head injuries.

Identifying Medical Malpractice in Cerebral Palsy Cases

To prove medical malpractice in cerebral palsy cases, you must demonstrate that the healthcare provider(s) failed to provide the appropriate standard of care during delivery, which directly caused your child’s cerebral palsy. This can be challenging, as it requires extensive medical knowledge and expertise. However, with an attorney, you can navigate the legal process easier and determine whether medical malpractice was a factor in your child’s cerebral palsy.

Legal Rights for Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injuries in Illinois

You can file a medical malpractice claim against the healthcare provider(s) responsible for your child’s injuries. You may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

What to Do If You Suspect Negligence in Your Child’s Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

If you suspect that negligence played a role in your child’s diagnosis, it is crucial to take action. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Consult with an experienced birth injury attorney to determine whether you have a case.

  • Collect medical records, test results, and other documentation related to your child’s diagnosis and treatment.

  • Keep track of medical expenses and other costs associated with your child’s cerebral palsy.

  • Seek a second opinion from a qualified healthcare provider to confirm your child’s diagnosis and identify any possible causes.

  • File a medical malpractice claim against the responsible healthcare provider(s) with the help of your attorney.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today

Cerebral palsy can have lifelong consequences for children and their families. If you suspect that medical malpractice has caused your child’s cerebral palsy diagnosis, it is essential to take action. By understanding the causes of cerebral palsy, identifying medical malpractice, and seeking legal guidance from an Illinois birth injury lawyer, you can take the first steps toward seeking justice and compensation for your child’s injuries. Remember, you have the right to advocate for your child’s health and well-being, and there are resources available to help you do so. Call Winters Salzetta O'Brien & Richardson, LLC at 312-236-6324 to get started with a free consultation.



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