Because many types of cerebral palsy can cost well into the millions of dollars for a lifetime of medical care, if medical malpractice is responsible, a child and family have a right to financial compensation for their medical costs.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 20, 2012
Dr. Bruce Fagel, who recently spoke at the ED/OB Beta Healthcare Group Risk Symposium and the American Heart Association National meeting, is a leading California medical malpractice lawyer and a licensed medical doctor. Dr. Fagel has successfully handled many cerebral palsy cases where a child developed the disorder as a result of doctor malpractice or hospital malpractice. His law firm, the Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates, has tried and settled more medical malpractice cases for injured patients than any other attorney in California, and has obtained over one billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients.
Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a group of neurological disorders that permanently affects a person’s ability to control body movement and muscle coordination. “Cerebral palsy occurs as a result of abnormal brain development from damage to one or more areas of the brain, which usually happens during fetal development, but can also happen during birth, shortly after birth or within the first few years of life,” states Dr. Fagel. “Even though the symptoms of cerebral palsy include difficulty with controlling various muscle movements, cerebral palsy is not a disorder caused by problems with the muscles, but rather by damage to the motor areas of the brain that prevent the brain from properly controlling the muscles including maintaining posture.”
Cerebral palsy can result from a variety of causes including an inefficient oxygen supply to the brain of the baby before, during, or immediately after birth, a traumatic brain injury, premature delivery, severe jaundice that is not properly treated, certain infections such as meningitis, herpes simplex, or rubella, and causes that are unknown. “Because many types of cerebral palsy can cost well into the millions of dollars for a lifetime of medical care, if medical malpractice is responsible for the disorder, a child and family who are impacted have a right to financial compensation for the enormous medical costs they will face over the child’s lifetime,” according to Dr. Fagel.
There are different types of cerebral palsy including spastic cerebral palsy, ataxic cerebral palsy, dyskinetic cerebral palsy, and mixed cerebral palsy and the severity of the disorders can range from mild to severe. Every case of cerebral palsy has symptoms that will be different with each person affected, depending on what area of the brain that was affected and the level of damage. For example a person with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy may be paralyzed in both their arms, legs, and other areas of the body and may have other severe problems including developmental delays and mental retardation.
Dr. Fagel gives a warning to parents who suspect their children may have cerebral palsy. “Have your child examined right away and if medical malpractice is suspected, speak to a medical malpractice attorney right away before the statute of limitations for recovering damages expires.” Dr. Fagel continues, “There are a variety of tests a doctor can perform to check for cerebral palsy including a neurological examination, CT scan, EEG, MRI, vision tests, hearing tests, and blood tests. If it is determined your child has cerebral palsy, you should contact a medical malpractice lawyer who specializes in birth injury cases such as cerebral palsy for a free consultation. If medical malpractice is responsible, a medical malpractice attorney will be able to get you the compensation to cover the lifetime of medical care and expenses required for your child.”
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About The Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates
The Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates specializes in medical malpractice cases resulting in serious injuries to victims. Cases include medical malpractice, birth injuries, cerebral palsy, surgical errors, brain damage, and wrongful death. Dr. Bruce Fagel has tried and settled more medical malpractice cases on behalf of injured parties than any other attorney in California, including obtaining the largest verdict in California history, $460 million dollars. The law firm has successfully obtained over one billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for their clients.
About Dr. Bruce Fagel
Dr. Bruce Fagel is a lawyer and a licensed medical doctor, specializing in medical malpractice. Dr. Fagel practiced emergency medicine for over 10 years before becoming an attorney. This background provides Dr. Fagel with the knowledge and expertise to represent his clients against negligent doctors, nurses, and hospitals.