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Concord Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

Cerebral palsy is a group of neurological disorders that permanently affects how an individual moves and maintains their balance and posture. The symptoms can range from slight irregularity in movement to the permanent need for a walking aid. Unfortunately, cerebral palsy can be directly correlated to a healthcare professional’s negligence and result from a birth injury. 

Individuals with cerebral palsy as a direct result of a birthing injury can see a lifetime of complications when it comes to their motor skills and cognitive function. Victims of such medical malpractice deserve to have their cases heard and treated with the respect necessary. At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, our compassionate and knowledgeable team is here to fight for your family’s right to compensation and justice. To see how a dedicated Concord, NH lawyer can help you today, please call 617-391-9001 or use our contact form.

Understanding Birth Injuries

Birthing injuries are far too common in delivery rooms. Caused by the direct negligence of the nurses, doctors, or other healthcare professionals, birth injuries are a form of medical malpractice and can be quite serious. While cerebral palsy can occur naturally, failure to properly handle a birthing mother and their child can result in the neurological disorder. Common acts of negligence that can lead to a birth injury include:

  • Failure to perform a C-section on time
  • Misinterpreting fetal heart monitor warning signs
  • Improper forceps usage
  • Not treating a fetal infection on time
  • Miscalculating the position of the fetus in the womb

The warning signs for cerebral palsy may take time to show themselves. On average, symptoms may not become obvious until the child is 18 months or older. As soon as you suspect your child may have been the victim of medical malpractice, it is vital you contact a birth injury lawyer immediately. They can begin an investigation surrounding the birth, build your case, and get your family one step closer to justice. 

How a Concord Cerebral Palsy Lawyer Can Help

Trying to navigate the aftermath of medical malpractice can be overwhelming and confusing. When you partner with a dedicated Concord cerebral palsy lawyer like one from Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, you are giving yourself the best possible opportunity for an ideal outcome and legal recourse. While you focus on your child, your attorney can handle the following:

Establish Liability

Your healthcare professional owes you and your child a set standard of care the minute you walk through their doors. When going in to give birth, this duty is to do everything in their power to ensure everyone is kept safe and healthy. A breach of this care, which can include ignoring vital warning signs and misusing medical tools or equipment, can result in the direct injury of either the child or the birthing parent. When this occurs, your attorney will demonstrate the four components of negligence have been exercised and that this can legally hold the healthcare professional accountable. 

To establish liability and demonstrate the duty of care was directly breached, your attorney will collect and assess evidence pertinent to your case. This can include an investigation into the birth, medical records, eyewitness testimony, and expert opinions. 

Fight for Adequate Damages

Victims of medical malpractice in New Hampshire are owed compensation for their damages. When you file a claim without the help of a lawyer to fight for you, you risk having your case dismissed, missing the statute of limitations deadline, or receiving inadequate compensation. Your attorney will fight for the following compensation: 

  • Economic damages: This is compensation for the tangible costs of the birth injury, including emergency doctor’s visit, rehabilitative therapy, physical therapy, any required walking aids, and more. 
  • Non-economic damages: For losses not so easily calculated, non-economic damages are there to compensate you for your endured pain and suffering. Cerebral palsy can cause life-long side effects, which can be a lot to process as a new parent. These damages are in place to help with the overwhelming nature of your child’s birth injury. 

Additionally, if the healthcare professional is found to have acted grossly negligent, you may be entitled to punitive damages. For example, if your doctor was fully aware of the potential consequences of not performing a cesarean section on time and ignored the warnings, they can be found to have been willfully reckless. 

Speak to a Dedicated Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Lawyer Today

Don’t try to navigate the aftermath of your child’s birth injury alone. Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers are here to lend a compassionate ear and then get to work fighting tooth and nail for the justice your family needs. Our medical malpractice lawyers in Concord have helped recover millions in compensation for our clients and would love to do the same for you. Our co-managing partner, J. Tucker Merrigan, has extensive experience in birth injury-related cases and has been named a Rising Star by outlet Super Lawyers for many years. 

To see how we can best help you, schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today by calling 617-391-9001 or filling out our contact form.

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