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Annually, 8,000 - 10,000 babies and infants are diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Estimates suggest that 20% of children diagnosed with congenital cerebral palsy
developed CP due to a brain injury during the birthing process. While the United
States does not currently have a system to track the rate of cerebral palsy
incidents, studies have shown that there has been an increase in doctor error
and birthing mistakes associated with CP.
Medical negligence occurs through unreasonable negligence or, more commonly,
failure to provide the expected standard of care in a given community. When a
doctor or health care professional agrees to diagnose or treat a patient, he or
she has assumed a duty of care toward that patient. The health care provider may
be the doctor, nurse or a member of the staff. It is possible that the
individual is a lab or x-ray technician with certain qualifications for
operating advanced medical equipment or interpreting results of tests.
Personal Injury Law - or tort law - is a complex umbrella of
interrelating laws designed to prevent harm or compensate for harm to a person
or property. This harm or injury may be a matter of physical injury, mental
injury or financial injury. Medical malpractice or medical negligence and legal
malpractice or legal negligence lawsuits are guided by personal injury law.
A civil wrong, or a tort, is recognized by law as grounds for a lawsuit.
Sometimes these wrongs are considered crimes and punishable with imprisonment,
but the primary aim of tort law is to provide relief through compensation to
injured parties for the damages incurred. Among the types of recoverable damages
are: loss of earnings capacity, pain and suffering, and reasonable medical
expenses. They include both present and future expected losses. See our
While most doctors, nurses, midwives, and hospital technicians provide a high
standard of care for their patients, unfortunately, many families are harmed by
medical mistakes constituting negligence. A physician may have misread fetal
monitoring equipment, failed to diagnose fetal distress during labor, waited too
long to perform a Caesarian Section, administered too much Pitocin, or failed to
act in a timely manner. Parents of a child suffering with cerebral palsy should
an experienced cerebral palsy lawyer to research the cause of their child’s
A statute of limitations applies to cerebral palsy medical malpractice claims,
placing time limits on the amount of time families have to pursue a CP medical
malpractice case. Failure to file within the applicable statute of limitations
forever bars your claim. These time limits vary from state to state. To learn
what the time requirements may be for your state,
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