Do You Have a Cerebral Palsy Case?
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on April 30, 2013
In a perfect world, the birth of a child would always be a happy, joyous event. The introduction of a new life into a family should be a cause for celebration, not sadness and mourning. Unfortunately, not all births go smoothly, and not all infants are born healthy.
Sometimes, problems develop with the fetus or newborn that simply cannot be detected, anticipated, or avoided, no matter how talented and focused a family’s medical team. However, when doctors, surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other healthcare professionals fail to provide care of a reasonable standard and a child’s health and quality of life are compromised as a result, the family of the child may be able to obtain compensation by filing a medical malpractice claim against the negligent party or parties.
Brain injuries are among the most devastating that an infant can sustain at birth, and among the most common of all brain injuries is cerebral palsy. If your child has cerebral palsy, you may well be wondering whether you have a viable case against the healthcare professionals who provided prenatal care or aided in the delivery of your child. The only sure way to tell is to arrange for an evaluation of your case by knowledgeable, experienced medical malpractice attorneys. Utah medical malpractice law firm Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC can provide you with expert legal advice and inform you of your rights and options as parents of a child with cerebral palsy.
For further information about how our Utah cerebral palsy attorneys can help you, please contact the law firm of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC today.
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?
If your child has suffered a birth injury, it is in your best interest to seek legal counsel; medical care is expensive, and a child with cerebral palsy will certainly require more medical care than a perfectly healthy child. You should not have to shoulder the burden of paying for that care alone if your child’s condition occurred as a result of substandard medical care.
However, it is important to note that not all birth injuries indicate medical malpractice. Although doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals owe their patients a duty of care, that care is expected to be of a reasonable standard. Generally, this standard is measured by how a competent professional would be expected to act (or not to act) under the same circumstances. In order to have a viable medical malpractice case, the care received by the patient must have fallen below that reasonable standard, and the injury must have resulted from that failure to meet a reasonable standard.
As a client of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, you can expect only the most expert and thorough investigation of your case from each cerebral palsy lawyer. Utah families can count on us to identify whatever acts of negligence resulted in harm to their newborn babies and to fight for the full measure of compensation to which they are entitled as a result.
Do you have a viable cerebral palsy case? Don’t try to answer that question for yourself. The cerebral palsy experts of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC have the experience, resources, and skills to determine whether you have a legitimate claim. Call, email, or visit our medical malpractice law firm in Utah today.
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