When your child is sick, it can be terrifying. Your first priority is your child’s well-being. And as the costs pile up for their care, you may be getting advice from multiple sources about what steps to take next.
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, there are options to help with costs. Unfortunately, when you look online for information about what assistance is available, you may end up feeling more confused. The best route to get compensation to assist with cerebral palsy care depends on the probable cause of your child’s injury and whether you choose to file a cerebral palsy claim or a lawsuit.
Understanding Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a paralysis (palsy) resulting from a brain (cerebral) lesion. Cerebral palsy can cause a child to struggle with a variety of fine motor skills and everyday activities. A baby or child with cerebral palsy may show delays or difficulty in the following areas:
- Swallowing, sucking or eating
- Speech development
- Picking up and holding items
- Range of motion
- Neuromuscular control
Cerebral palsy may stem from issues during fetal development, or a birth injury or serious infection or illness as a baby. Sometimes cerebral palsy is a result of medical negligence by a doctor or other medical professional.
Should I File a Cerebral Palsy Claim or a Lawsuit?
If there were complications prior to, during or after childbirth for the child or mother, it is possible that your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by a birth injury. When your child’s cerebral palsy is caused by something a doctor or other medical professional did or could have prevented, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit for medical negligence.
While a lawsuit has the potential to go to trial, in many cases parties decide to settle before going to court. By consulting with a cerebral palsy lawyer early, your family will have a better chance to recover the appropriate amount of compensation for the full financial impact of your child’s cerebral palsy.
Janet, Janet & Suggs Understands the Impact of Cerebral Palsy on Families
At Janet, Janet & Suggs we understand that there are no easy choices for families with a child affected by cerebral palsy. Our lawyers are well versed in birth injury laws and processes in most US states. We use our unique expertise to assist families in understanding their rights and options to access compensation for their children’s injuries.
JJS is committed to helping you make the best decisions about recovering cerebral palsy compensation for your child. We do not charge any upfront costs and do not recover attorney’s fees until we win. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about your rights and legal options.