Do I Need a Lawyer If My Child Has Cerebral Palsy?

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January 16, 2017 | Birth Injuries |

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Children with mild to severe cerebral palsy may require physical therapy, medical procedures, and special equipment, which can quickly add up in cost. However, if your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by medical malpractice, you are not responsible for the expenses—the physician or healthcare provider who committed malpractice is responsible.

Don’t take on a medical malpractice case alone. Having an experienced birth injury attorney on your side will give you an edge when seeking financial compensation to cover such costs.

Why Hire a Birth Injury Attorney

A birth injury attorney, especially one experienced with cerebral palsy cases, will help you and your family fight for compensation that can be used to care for your child. Covered costs could include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Supplies and equipment (wheelchair, braces, assistive technology, etc.)
  • In-home care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy
  • Counseling
  • Special education

Your attorney will evaluate your situation and, if they determine that is falls under medical malpractice, they will build your legal case and present it in court.

When to Hire a Birth Injury Attorney

It is crucial that you contact an attorney as soon as possible after you discover that your child has cerebral palsy—most cases are detected before a child reaches two years old, and then the clock starts ticking.

The deadline for pursuing a medical malpractice case is called the statute of limitations, which in Indiana is generally two years. However, there are exceptions for children who were injured before they were six as well as situations in which an injury was discovered later.

Contact a Birth Injury Attorney Today

If your child experienced a birth injury that resulted in cerebral palsy, contact the Indianapolis Birth Injury Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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