Three out of every 1,000
children in India have cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects the parts of the brain that control balance, movement, and posture. It can occur because of various reasons — including genetic mutations and brain infections — but it can also result from medical malpractice
. The latter occurs if a physician fails to monitor the fetal heart rate, detect and treat maternal infection, schedule a required C-section, use birthing tools correctly, or perform surgery safely. One common cause of cerebral palsy is pulling too hard on an infant’s head during delivery. Cerebral palsy is often diagnosed between 18 and 24 months of age though symptoms are usually present earlier. It is important to be vigilant for these signs and seek legal aid if they were caused by medical mishandling.
Early Therapy Can Benefit Children
Seeing a traumatic brain injury lawyer
and bringing a medical malpractice suit against a doctor or hospital may be the last thing on your mind, but you should make an effort to make it a priority. This is because treatment for cerebral palsy can be costly and it may be required throughout your child’s lifetime. Receiving due compensation for medical negligence will widen the scope of treatments for your child. There are many innovative treatments available — including stem cell transplantation, which has the potential to replace damaged, non-functional cells in the brains of patients with cerebral palsy. In India, this treatment ranges from $6,500 to $8,500
in price, although its success rate is good – up to 85%, according to Medium. If you are worried about being in litigation endlessly, know that most cases of this type are settled out of court.
What Costs Can You Sue For?
A case against a health professional or entity for medical malpractice will seek to cover the many lifetime costs imposed by cerebral palsy. These include transportation costs to and from hospitals or treatment centres, counseling, special education, physical therapy, lost wages (if pertinent), costs of adaptive home equipment, and expenses imposed by necessary equipment. The latter includes wheelchairs, soundboards, walkers, and other equipment that can help aid with equilibrium and motion.
What are Signs and Symptoms to Watch Out for?
Just a few signs to watch out for in a baby include having poor muscle tone, being unable to hold up the head while lying on the stomach or a supported sitting position, stiffness and muscular spasms
, and delayed development. For instance, a baby with cerebral palsy may not be able to roll over or sit up by the age of six months. Toddlers will show different signs — including not speaking in full sentences by the age of about two and/or not walking by around 18 months.
If you suspect your child may have cerebral palsy, the first step should be to see your pediatrician to receive a diagnosis. Sometimes, children can take a little longer to speak or walk owing to premature birth or other circumstances. Your doctor will be able to see if further testing is required. If you receive a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, then seeing a lawyer is key so you can receive damages that will enable your child to have the treatment she needs throughout her lifetime.