Childbirth complications can happen to anyone. When having a child, parents turn to medical professionals to ensure safe delivery of their newborn. Sadly, complications can happen, leaving parents hurt, confused, and angry.
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a Pittsburgh birth injury lawyer from our team can help your family seek justice and compensation for your child’s medical bills. At Berger and Green, we offer free consultations so you can understand your options at no obligation.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cerebral palsy is a motor disability that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture.
Cerebral palsy can affect muscles, causing weakness and paralysis in limbs. Joints may become tight, making them difficult or impossible to move. Cerebral palsy can also affect a person’s speech and coordination.
Potential Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy can result from an injury during birth. A medical provider may cause cerebral palsy in several ways, including:
- An infection in the mother during pregnancy that a doctor neglected or failed to diagnose
- Delayed C-section or natural birth, causing the child to lose oxygen
- Other birth complications, such as detachment of the placenta, uterine rupture, or umbilical cord issues that cause the child to lose oxygen
- Untreated jaundice
If a member of your medical team caused your child to suffer a birth injury, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Complications of cerebral palsy can begin right after birth, and symptoms can present at any time during the first two years.
For a free legal consultation with a cerebral palsy complication lawyer serving Pittsburgh, call 412-661-1400
Forms of Recovery Available for Birth Injury Cases in Pittsburgh
At Berger and Green, our attorneys will consider your child’s present and future needs. We know that diagnosing and treating cerebral palsy can cost your family a great deal – both now and over the long term.
We will seek compensation for the following:
Medical Attention to Help Your Child Live Well with Cerebral Palsy
According to Mayo Clinic, the following diagnostic tests and treatments may enable your child to reach their fullest potential:
- Brain scans, such as MRI
- Medications, such as muscle relaxants
- Physical, speech, occupational, and other therapies
- Orthopedic surgery
- Other forms of support for building independence skills
Additionally, some children with cerebral palsy may require devices to assist with mobility, such as leg braces or wheelchairs. This medical care could be compensable through a birth injury claim or lawsuit.
Income Posses for Your Family
In some situations, parents will need to reduce their hours at work or even change to a different job when they become their child’s caretaker. Our attorneys know how to seek the compensation you need for:
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Missed opportunities for tips and promotions
Other Challenges You and Your Child May Be Experiencing
Learning that your child suffered a birth injury can be an emotional challenge for your family. We will seek compensation for the emotional and other intangible losses related to a birth injury case.
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How Our Attorneys Can Handle a Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Case
Our Pittsburgh lawyers can handle the legal process while your family focuses on your child’s needs. We will:
- Listen to your story through a free confidential case review
- Explain your legal options
- Investigate your case to gather evidence
- Speak with medical experts to link your child’s injury to a negligent provider
- Demonstrate your family’s damages related to the birth injury
- Handle negotiations with the liable party’s representatives
- Deal with all communications for you
- File a lawsuit if necessary
- Ensure your case complies with important state laws
Our goal is to seek the best possible settlement for you. We will do this by presenting the strongest possible evidence and negotiating for the settlement you deserve. If we do not receive a fair offer from the liable party, we are prepared to take your case to trial.
Along the way, we will keep you updated with any changes in your case or settlement offers we receive. We’ll guide you through every step of the process.
Commonly Asked Questions During Pennsylvania Birth Injury Cases
If you’re considering taking legal action for your child’s birth injury case, we know that you likely have many questions. Here are some answers to common questions from our birth injury clients:
How Much Could My Family Receive in a Settlement or Award?
This depends on several factors, as every situation is unique. The following can influence what you receive as a settlement or award:
- The seriousness of your child’s health condition
- The cost of your child’s past, present, and future care
- The extent to which the provider was negligent
- The strength of the evidence in the case
We can tell you a goal amount for your case once we investigate the facts of your case.
How Much does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer?
Our attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis. This means you only pay for our services if we win a settlement or award for you. We will receive a portion of this final amount you receive.
We want you to be able to hire a lawyer without financial risk. We don’t require hourly rates or upfront fees.
Is There a Deadline to Bring a Birth Injury Case?
Yes, deadlines apply to lawsuits for birth injury cases. This is referred to as the statute of limitations. Our team can tell you more about the specific deadline that applies to your case when you call us for a free case review.
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We handle all personal injury claims on a contingency-fee basis, so you pay no attorneys’ fees or costs to us unless we recover compensation for you. Berger and Green offers free home and hospital visits.