- Why do People Sue for Cerebral Palsy?
- April 18, 2011
- Law Firm: Rasansky Law Firm - Dallas Office
Cerebral palsy is a condition that arises because of a brain injury and that is most notable for causing problems with muscular control. Cerebral palsy in infants sometimes occurs while the child is in the womb and when the child is deprived of oxygen in some way. This oxygen deprivation leads to the brain damage that causes the condition. In some cases, however, cerebral palsy is caused by medical negligence when the child is born. This is the reason that some parents sometimes choose to sue the doctor or healthcare facility where the child was born.
Cerebral palsy, because it is the result of brain damage, never goes away. The condition will last for the entire lifetime of the affected individual and it is sometimes devastating in its effects. These effects sometimes require significant amounts of medical attention and intervention throughout the child's life. This means that the parents and the family as a whole will face very high medical expenses, in some cases.
When children with cerebral palsy reach the age where they start to go to school, many of them find themselves in a situation where learning disabilities that result from the disorder cause them to lag behind their peers and cause social alienation. To help these children out, special educators oftentimes provide tutoring and other services that help the child to adjust. With the proper resources, some people with CP live very rich lives, have plenty of friends and enjoy themselves as much as anyone else would. In many cases, however, the brain damage is bad enough that the child's life is significantly diminished in many regards and the medical attention required for these children becomes exceedingly expensive. This is where lawyers come in. There are lawyers who specialize in filing cases over baby brain injuries and they sometimes end up being able to help the parents and the family out quite a lot.
Some of these attorneys work on contingency. This is a service that usually comes with a free consultation and which requires no advance payment for legal fees. In fact, if the case doesn't win, the parents don't pay anything at all. In some cases, the parents may not even know that they have a lawsuit option available to them until they take the time to visit a lawyer and investigate the matter. Sometimes the jury awards for these cases are quite considerable.