Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability among children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates that in Georgia, almost four 8-year-old children in 1,000 have cerebral palsy. A child with cerebral palsy needs longtime treatment and care. He or she may have other disorders, as well, that demand treatment.
If you’re reading this, your child, or someone you love, may have cerebral palsy. It’s important that you plan for his or her future. You deserve an honest and ethical legal opinion on whether you have a personal injury claim. You deserve to know if a person or institution is responsible for your child’s condition.
Your child’s lifelong medical costs may climb to almost $1 million, according to the CDC. You only have one chance to get it right. Call a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer at John Foy & Associates at 404-400-4000 for a free and honest consultation.
My baby was born with cerebral palsy. Should I retain legal assistance to determine the cause of my child’s injury?
If your baby was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you’re probably in a state of shock, and you’re determined to find out what happened. “People will fight harder for their children than they will for themselves,’’ says our firm founder John Foy.
You are correct in considering a claim because you’re fighting for your child’s welfare and future. By retaining legal assistance, you will be able to see what options are available. John Foy & Associates works with medical experts to help find an honest and ethical answer to your concerns.
If there is someone or an institution responsible for your baby’s cerebral palsy, we’ll fight hard to get you restitution.
What is cerebral palsy and is there a cure for it?
Cerebral palsy is a condition in which a person’s motor functions are diminished, but the cause is damage to the brain. As a parent, you may notice that your child’s muscle control isn’t as coordinated as other children’s. Symptoms may begin to appear, but generally they are clear by the age of 3.
There is a broad array of symptoms and capabilities. More than half of children with cerebral palsy can walk independently, while 30 percent need some sort of mechanical assistance.
There is no cure for cerebral palsy but children can greatly benefit from treatment such as occupational and speech therapies, drugs to control seizures or alleviate pain, communication devices to help with speech, and wheelchairs or braces.
In addition, the CDC estimates 60 percent children with cerebral palsy either have Autism Spectrum Disorder or epilepsy, both of which require even more treatment.
What are the causes of cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy is caused by what doctors call an “insult to the developing brain” either in utero or in early infancy. According to the Mayo Clinic, this damage can be caused by:
- Random genetic mutations
- A maternal infection
- A fetal stroke
- Lack of oxygen during the birth process
- Infant infections
- Head trauma from an auto accident, abuse or a fall.
Can my child outgrow cerebral palsy?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for cerebral palsy and without treatment your child’s symptoms will only get worse. The Georgia Department of Public Health offers early intervention for children through its “Babies Can’t Wait” program. Contact the department as quickly as possible at this website. Or call them at 404-657-2850.
Our staff at John Foy & Associates can also help you get in touch with public services.
Who is responsible for my baby’s injury?
Only a medical expert can determine who or what is responsible for your baby’s brain injuries. But if there is an outside cause of the injury, we’ll go after the responsible party. Was your baby’s brain injured in a car accident or a fall? Did the mother not receive proper care during labor or delivery? Did the mother or baby suffer an infection during a crucial developmental period?
What are the common symptoms of cerebral palsy?
The symptoms of cerebral palsy vary at different ages. In babies younger than 6 months old:
- Baby’s head lags when you pick him up. He feels stiff or floppy. When you pick him up, his legs scissor.
In babies older than 6 months:
- Baby cannot roll from side to side. He cannot bring his hands together. He has difficulty bringing his hands to his mouth.
In babies older than 10 months:
- Baby cannot crawl, but instead scoots on his bottom or hops on his knees. Or if he crawls, he does so in a lopsided way.
If you are concerned about your child’s development, the CDC has a great checklist to see if your child is on track. If you think your child may have cerebral palsy, talk to your doctor. If you think medical negligence was the reason for this condition, contact a Cerebral Palsy attorney at John Foy & Associates at 404-400-4000. Let’s work together to set up your child’s future.
If I am responsible for my child’s cerebral palsy, can I still file a lawsuit?
Many parents feel they are responsible when anything bad happens to their child, we understand that. If somehow, through an accident, you think you are responsible, we can still help. Your child is a separate individual from you and has the right to protection and compensation.
Your child will need help throughout his or her lifetime, don’t let your presumptions stop you from getting help. Call our attorneys at John Foy & Associates at 404-400-4000 and get an ethical and free consultation on your case.
Is there a time limit (statute of limitations) to file a personal injury case for a cerebral palsy birth?
There are always time limits or statute of limitations in personal injury cases. Often, in these kinds of cases, it’s two years after a diagnosis, but don’t delay. Consult an attorney. There may be a shorter time to give proper notice. There are many reasons beyond a statute of limitations not to delay a claim. Your child needs immediate care and treatment.
How much is it going to cost me to file a lawsuit?
There is no upfront fee to file a personal injury lawsuit or claim. Personal injury attorneys take their fees from a settlement. Any attorney that asks for a retainer in this sort of case is unethical. We at John Foy & Associates are large enough to absorb any costs your claim may incur. Look for a firm that is established enough to fight your case. You only have one chance to set your child up for life, do it with a strong and ethical personal injury firm.
What type of compensation can we receive for a cerebral palsy settlement or verdict?
In a personal injury case, the plaintiff is eligible for three forms of compensation: any necessary medical costs, including future costs; lost wages due to the injury; and general pain and suffering.
Any type of compensation you receive for a cerebral palsy settlement or verdict will probably be awarded to your child in the form of a fund. This fund will be set up to help with current and future medical and livings costs. A child with cerebral palsy will need lifelong care and treatment, at times long after the parent is gone.
How can John Foy & Associates help me and my child?
John Foy & Associates is a long-established personal injury firm in Atlanta. Our only mission is to help people who have been injured by someone else’s negligence or fault. You may think of personal injury firms as only dealing with auto accidents or slips and falls, but you’ll find most of our attorneys have dedicated their careers to helping people like you.
If you trust us enough to let us help you, we’ll help you in an honest and ethical way. We’ll work with you to help your child, and if there is no settlement, we’ll help you find resources. Give us a call at 404-400-4000.