New Mexico Cerebral Palsy Attorneys
It is the hope and dream of every pregnant mother that their baby is born healthy. They ensure their lifestyle nurtures the baby inside their bellies and they keep up with all the doctor visits to track the growth and health of their unborn baby. To the great misfortune, some situations can happen during or after pregnancy, where negligence occurs during prenatal care or delivery, and a baby develops cerebral palsy.
While cerebral palsy can be brought on by a rare genetic condition, most of the time cerebral palsy is caused by a hypoxic injury (lack of oxygen) to the baby that should have been prevented if medical professionals had practiced a standard level of care. If your child has developed cerebral palsy due to the negligent acts of medical professionals, contact our New Mexico cerebral palsy lawyers to discuss your case.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that can be caused by a genetic condition or by neglect or abuse. When there is a lack of oxygen to the brain or damage is inflicted to the portion of the brain that controls movement, the outer brain, it causes permanent damage that affects body movement and muscle coordination and is generally diagnosed in infancy. Causes of cerebral palsy can include the following:
- Delay in delivery – causing brain hypoxia (lack of oxygen)
- Improper birth tools (suction, forceps, etc.)
- Untreated jaundice
- Maternal infections
- Improper fetal monitoring
When medical professionals are not appropriately trained, or a hospital system has inadequate policies and protocols for pregnant women and baby deliveries, it can lead to catastrophic injury to a baby and leave a family to suffer from the effects. If your baby has suffered a brain injury due to trauma inflicted at birth, the cerebral palsy attorneys at Dominguez Law Firm may be able to help you move forward with a negligence claim against the doctor or hospital.
What Are the Early Signs of Cerebral Palsy?
Since cerebral palsy can occur during pregnancy or after pregnancy, the symptoms of cerebral palsy will typically appear in the early months of life. Although a diagnosis may not come for months to years later, parents can see signs of this condition as they watch their baby develop.
Symptoms of cerebral palsy generally include the following:
- Coordination problems
- Lack of muscle coordination
- Lack of head control
- Loose or stiff muscles
- Inability to crawl or stand
There are many different forms of cerebral palsy and symptoms that accompany it. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it is important to contact a lawyer to investigate your case and help you develop a plan. Parents whose child has developed cerebral palsy due to negligence are entitled to compensation that has the potential to provide adequate care for their child’s life.
What Can New Mexico Families Recover in a Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit?
After a family finds out that their child has cerebral palsy, they can be filled with questions. How did this happen? How will I support my child’s needs? Could my child’s injuries have been prevented? Since there is no cure for cerebral palsy, the permanent damage affects children in many ways, and treatment is lifelong.
Filing a compensation claim can help victims’ families hold those accountable and provide valuable resources to care for their children. Families can seek damages from birth injuries for expenses such as:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Home accommodations
- Vehicle modifications
- 24/7 Nursing care
- Equipment such as wheelchairs, lifts, etc.
- Lost quality of life for the child
- Lost wages for the family
- Other economic damages
Seeking a medical malpractice claim for your child’s injuries can be very difficult since the weight of the diagnosis is already a heavy weight to carry. However, those responsible should be held liable if your child has developed cerebral palsy due to negligence.
Contact Our Experienced New Mexico Cerebral Palsy Lawyers
At Dominguez Law Firm, we provide compassionate and personal service to all of our clients. We are a tough litigation team that will stand in your corner and fight for what’s right for your family. We understand the difficulties that your family will face and will do what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve for the care of your child. If your child has cerebral palsy due to medical negligence, please call (505) 317-9837 to discuss your case. We offer free consultations and a convenient contact form if you prefer one of our representatives to contact you.
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