Cerebral palsy is a condition that typically develops as a result of a brain injury suffered during birth. And while many of those who carry the condition grow up to lead productive and happy lives, they must face many obstacles that most people never have to contend with. And those whose condition is especially severe may always require special care.
The signs of cerebral palsy can become evident very soon after a child's birth and can include problems with motor function. For example, a baby with CP may be unable to lift his or her head or have trouble learning to crawl.
It is incumbent upon parents to carefully observe their baby. And having the baby evaluated is appropriate if there is even the slightest hint of a problem. Even a mild case of CP can cause lifelong difficulties that require special care. And the cost of such treatment can be quite excessive.
As such, once it is discovered that a baby did suffer a brain injury that was due to the negligence of a doctor or medical staff member, it could be a good idea to contact an experienced attorney who could help you file a medical malpractice lawsuit. The compensation earned from a successful suit could help provide you and your child with the funds needed for long-term care.
But let's say that you were unaware that your baby was injured at birth and the child is now several years old and living with cerebral palsy, you may still be able to file a suit for damages. Typically, the statute of limitations for a birth injury case does not expire until the child turns 18. But the sooner you can put things in motion, the sooner you may be able to receive the funds your child needs to help build a better future.