Toronto Cerebral Palsy Lawyers
Cerebral palsy is actually a set of nerve disorders that can have a significant impact on the coordination of muscles and body movement in general. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it is possible that an error by medical staff during labor and delivery contributed to your child’s injury. If negligence on the part of medical staff during delivery caused your child severe harm, Mazin & Associates, PC‘s Toronto cerebral palsy lawyers will be here to assist you in recovering the compensation you need to pay for necessary medical expenses and secure your child’s future.
Determining whether a doctor or other medical professional failed to act reasonably, or made a decision to act in a way that harmed your child may seem insurmountable. Fortunately, an experienced injury lawyer could help you determine if medical negligence did indeed occur. At Mazin & Associates, PC, we are proud to offer a free case evaluation so that you can get to know us and we can get to know the details of your case. We will be able to advise you about your best options to move forward. For more information, please contact us at (416) 625-2122. We will gladly help you to seek the compensation you and your child deserve.
Do I Need a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer?
A doctor or medical provider acting reasonably during labor and delivery is responsible for monitoring your vital signs and those of your baby. With the right focus and attention, a doctor will be able to spot signs of an issue in the early stages and act to prevent the situation from becoming worse. An experienced cerebral palsy lawyer understands the pressures that doctors face in these situations, but also knows that you rely on these professionals to keep you and your baby safe. An experienced lawyer is familiar with the ways labor and delivery can go wrong and the ways a doctor should or should not typically act in the situation.
In determining the facts of the situation and the manner in which the medical providers may have been negligent, your lawyer will have to use experts and conduct a complete investigation. An experienced birth injury lawyer will understand the correct questions to ask to get to the root of the issues in your labor and delivery experience. This will help you to recover the largest amount of compensation possible based on your particular case.
Additionally, the legal process itself can be daunting and complex. An experienced lawyer will put you at ease by meeting all requirements of bringing a successful case against a negligent medical provider. You will be able to focus your energy on taking care of yourself and your child.
Why Choose Mazin & Associates, PC to Handle My Case?
Trust is a necessary component of a working lawyer and client relationship. In everything we do at Mazin & Associates, PC, we have your best interests in mind. The team is dedicated to providing you with the most effective advocacy and the easiest experience with a lawyer. Our goal is always to help you meet your objectives and to keep you up to date about how your case is progressing.
Mazin & Associates, PC is dedicated to helping injured people recover as much as possible so they can live their lives as fully as possible. Gary Mazin founded Mazin & Associates, PC with a vision of helping people in the Toronto community, and he has been doing so for more than ten years. Mr. Mazin and the rest of the team have successfully helped clients obtain significant settlements and outcomes at trial. The firm is also highly regarded, having obtained an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
The team at Mazin & Associates, PC is devoted to helping you and your child be as close to “whole” as possible. We offer a free consultation to help you understand the options in your case, and we never charge a fee unless we recover compensation for you. This way, you can focus on the things that need your attention, such as your family and your child. Do not hesitate to contact us today to speak with someone from our law firm about how to start the process of seeking the compensation you and your child are entitled to.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a condition that can affect your child before or during birth. It is possible that it can occur without negligence, naturally, but often medical negligence plays a role in causing or exacerbating the condition. There are three main types of cerebral palsy:
- Spastic cerebral palsy – This is the most common type of cerebral palsy, affecting a large majority of those with this condition. It involves an increase in a person’s muscle tone that makes movement difficult. Spastic cerebral palsy can involve spastic diplegia or diparesis, which affects only the legs. This form of the condition makes walking difficult. Another form is spastic hemiplegia or hemiparesis, which affects only one side of the body, with more of an effect on the arm. Spastic quadriplegia or quadriparesis affects all limbs and the entire body. Other symptoms may be present, such as seizures or vision problems.
- Dyskinetic cerebral palsy – This type of cerebral palsy involves muscle tone that varies from day to day. It can be too tight or too weak, resulting in involuntary movements.
- Ataxic cerebral palsy – This type of cerebral palsy affects a person’s balance and coordination. Sudden movements may be difficult to control in this form of the condition.
Regardless of the type of cerebral palsy your child suffers from, we are here to assist you with the recovery you deserve.
Treatment for Cerebral Palsy
The treatments for cerebral palsy that will be suggested for your child depend on the severity of your child’s condition. Common types of treatment include the following:
- Orthotic devices and assistive technology
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
Whatever treatments are necessary for your child with cerebral palsy, you may be entitled to receive reimbursement for your expenses in helping your child receive the care they need.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy
The root of cerebral palsy is damage to the brain that affects the child’s ability to control movement, balance, and coordination. Sometimes, abnormal development is a factor in causing these difficulties.
Causes of cerebral palsy include:
- Infections during pregnancy
- Premature birth
- Complications or injuries during birth
- Lack of blood or oxygen to the child’s brain
- Infections or complications after birth, such as jaundice
Whether one of these or another issue caused your child to be affected by cerebral palsy, do not wait to contact us to learn more about how we can help. Call us at (416) 625-2122 today.
Medical Negligence in Cerebral Palsy Cases
To prove that a doctor or other medical provider was negligent in your case and that you are entitled to damages, your lawyer must prove that there was a duty of care that was breached that caused you or your child harm. The duty of care arises when a doctor treats a patient, and it means that the doctor is required to treat you as a reasonable doctor would under the circumstances. The care should be roughly equal to what you would receive if you went to another doctor near you. A medical professional breaches the duty of care by either failing to act in a reasonable way or by acting in a way that causes harm.
In a cerebral palsy case, this could result from failing to correctly monitor labor and delivery to aggressively using tools such as vacuums or forceps to assist in the delivery. Finally, the breach of care must have caused the person in question to have an injury that can be compensated. In this type of case, if your child suffers an injury in the form of cerebral palsy, you may be entitled to recover on their behalf for a variety of expenses and pain and suffering.
A doctor or medical professional can be medically negligent in relation to the following activities, among others:
- Failing to treat the infection
- Incorrectly assessing the position of the fetus prior to delivery
- Failing to notice or interpret warning signs related to fetal heart monitoring
- Failing to assist a newborn with breathing problems
- Using equipment such as forceps or a vacuum extractor improperly
- Failing to perform a Cesarean section at the appropriate time
- Failing to treat jaundice
There could be other causes for your child’s cerebral palsy injury. We will help you get to the root of your child’s condition to determine whether you are entitled to compensation.
Compensation Available for Cerebral Palsy Injury
In a successful case where your lawyer proves that your doctor or another medical professional was negligent, your recovery could include the following types of payments:
- Reimbursement for medical expenses – This could include visiting the doctor, testing, medication, physical therapy, device costs, and surgery, if necessary.
- Lost income – Losing wages or having a reduced salary to take care of a child with cerebral palsy can be a recoverable expense. Lost earning capacity of the child may also be recoverable.
- Pain and suffering – The suffering your child has endured may also be included in the compensation to which you are entitled. This includes physical pain and mental anguish caused by the injury.
- Loss of quality of life – The type of injury your child has suffered means that your child will probably have a lower quality of life compared to what would have been without the injury.
Make sure to keep track of all medical records and employment information so that we can help you make the best case for recovering compensation.
Contact Us Right Away
When your child is suffering, you suffer too. We would be delighted to assist you in working toward receiving the compensation you deserve to make your and your child’s life and future brighter. Contact us today at (416) 625-2122 for a free consultation.