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"M.A.," a 30-year-old man, was driving to work in New Mexico. Suddenly a commercial truck veered across the center line and struck his vehicle head on. M.A. died at the scene. The McNeely Stephenson firm was hired shortly after the crash to represent the family of the deceased.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the single most common motor disability in children, with an estimated one in 323 children being diagnosed. Specifically, this common birth injury occurs when there is not enough oxygen to a baby’s brain during delivery, or when there is physical trauma to the brain itself. CP is typically avoidable, but in cases where medical professionals aren’t vigilant enough in the delivery room, the result can be a lifetime of disability.

About Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy specifically refers to a neuro-muscular deficiency that affects a person’s brain, leading to a lack of coordination and muscle control. As a result, those who develop CP typically are unable to engage in normal movements, which can render them unable to eat, walk, play, and perform a number of other basic functions without constant assistance from a caregiver.

There are actually three types of CP, and they can vary in their effects. For starters, there is spastic CP, which results in a limited range of movement due to extreme muscle weakness. This form can affect one or both sides of the body. Though this is the least severe of the types, it is also the most common.

Dyskinetic CP, on the other hand, is characterized by involuntary movements (such as muscle spasms) in addition to difficulty with speech and hearing.

Finally, ataxic CP is the rarest and most severe form, resulting in a lack of balance and coordination, in addition to abnormal movements and spasms. Those affected with this form of CP also commonly have difficulty hearing and speaking.

Some of the more common complications associated with CP include:

  • difficulty speaking
  • impaired motor skills
  • lack of muscle control
  • frequent muscle spasms.

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for CP, though the condition is non-progressive, which means it will not worsen over time. Still, for children born with CP, the diagnosis means a lifetime of dependence on regular care to perform even the most basic of activities, which can be devastating for parents. It also often means high medical bills for the parents of the child throughout his or her life.

Potential Negligence and Malpractice

Perhaps the most devastating thing about CP for most parents is that it can sometimes be attributed to negligence or malpractice on the part of the delivery room staff. For example, a delay in delivering the baby could cause oxygen deprivation, which can cause CP. In other cases, using resources like forceps or vacuum extraction incorrectly during delivery can also cause trauma to the baby’s brain and result in CP.

Some other potential instances of negligence or malpractice that could be related to a CP diagnosis include:

  • failure to diagnose and treat infections in newborns
  • overlooking umbilical cord problems before delivery
  • lack of proper monitoring during labor and/or delivery
  • failure to treat seizures or heart rate issues during delivery.

Sadly, proving a child’s CP was caused by negligence or medical malpractice can be a major challenge in the court system, which is why so many parents of children with CP never go through with their cases. However, if your child has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and you believe it may have been caused by a mistake or negligence by a medical professional, you are strongly encouraged to meet with an Indianapolis-area lawyer who specializes in these kinds of cases.

While it’s true that there is no way to compensate for the lifetime of disability that your child will experience, the fact remains that compensation from your case could help to offset the costs related to providing the necessary care your child will need, such as:

  • special home care
  • medical care
  • transportation equipment.

Speak With a Lawyer Today

If your child has been diagnosed with any form of CP , you are encouraged to consult with a birth injury lawyer at McNeely Stephenson as soon as possible. There is a chance that you could be entitled to damages in the event that your child’s diagnosis can be determined to be caused by medical malpractice or negligence. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys will be able to gather and analyze the details of your unique situation to determine the best course of action for your case, and will clearly answer any questions you may have about the litigation process.

Located near Indianapolis, the McNeely Stephenson law firm has been successfully representing Indiana residents harmed by medical negligence since 1982. Let the resources and experience of our compassionate legal team put you on the path to justice for your child and financial security for your family. Use our convenient online contact form or call us at 317-825-5200.

real-life cases

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY

When something goes wrong, we are left to wonder.

A skilled personal injury attorney, with the assistance of experts, will be able to scrutinize the medical records and events surrounding your child’s birth to determine whether his or her birth injury resulted from medical malpractice. Success in a birth injury lawsuit rests on the ability to show that the medical provider’s actions fell below a reasonable standard of care. Mike Stephenson, a partner with the Indianapolis firm McNeely Stephenson, is a skilled and caring personal injury lawyer who has been successfully litigating personal injury and medical malpractice cases in Indiana since 1982. He has the experience necessary to seek justice from the medical establishment and malpractice insurers. If you are worried about your child’s birth injury, hand the worry over to Mike Stephenson and let his firm’s resources back you up.

Call 855-206-2555 or use our online form. McNeely Stephenson. We believe justice matters.

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