Maryland Cerebral Palsy Lawyers
OUR EXPERIENCEAt Spector & Kopec, we represent victims of medical malpractice, including children with Cerebral Palsy. Our lawyers each has over 20 years of experience in handling cases. We are listed in Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine for medical malpractice, based on a vote of other lawyers.
We have handled a number of Cerebral Palsy cases. You can see examples of the compensation we have obtained for our clients on the results page of this website. Those include settlements and jury verdicts, and newspaper articles are provided for two of the verdicts.
CEREBRAL PALSYCerebral Palsy (CP) can be caused by a lack of oxygen at birth due to a doctor’s negligence. At Spector & Kopec, we are very experienced in evaluating medical malpractice cases on behalf of children with Cerebral Palsy.
DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY TO YOUR CHILD?:
- • Did your baby have trouble breathing after birth and need resuscitation?
- • Was your baby blue after birth?
- • Did your baby have poor muscle tone and not move much after birth?
- • Did your baby have seizures while hospitalized after birth?
- • Did your baby have difficulty sucking or swallowing after birth?
- • Did your baby stay in the intensive care unit after the mother was discharged?
- • Did your baby have any problems relating to meconium (passage of a bowel movement)? The baby can swallow meconium, and stained skin can indicate that meconium has been present for a while.
- • Did a CT scan or MRI show that your child has brain damage?
These can be signs that your baby suffered brain damage from a lack of oxygen at birth.
Many times, something happens during the mother’s labor that requires a doctor to do a c-section in order to prevent harm to the baby. Sometimes the parents are aware of the condition, and other times we need to get the medical records in order to find out whether one of these conditions existed. Here are some of the ones that we look for:
- • Did the fetal heart rate monitor show drops in the baby’s heart rate?
- • Did the doctor wait too long after the mother became full term to deliver?
- • Did the doctor wait too long to deliver after the mother’s water broke?
- • Did the doctor or nurses use the drug Pitocin during the labor in a way that caused difficulty to the baby during labor?
- • Did the doctor use a vacuum during the delivery in a way that caused harm to the baby?
- • Did the doctor and nurses let the mother push too long during the labor?
The presence of one or more of these conditions can require a doctor to do a c-section in order to avoid harm to the baby.
MONEY DAMAGESYour child may be entitled to lifetime benefits, including compensation for home nursing care, medical expenses, and equipment. In addition, money damages can be recovered for your child’s lifetime of pain and suffering. Millions of dollars could be involved.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)The following are questions that we are frequently asked about medical malpractice cases.
What Is Medical Malpractice? Medical malpractice is the failure of a doctor or hospital to treat a patient according to professional standards, and that failure results in injury or death of the patient. Doctors and hospitals have insurance for their errors, just like drivers have car insurance in case they don’t drive carefully and cause an accident.
What Went Wrong? The Doctor Won’t Tell Me. At Spector & Kopec, we hear this question from many clients. Unfortunately, when there is a bad medical outcome, many doctors don’t communicate with patients and their families. The good news is that we can get an answer to this question for you through medical research, review of the medical records, and consultation with expert doctors.
My Family Member Died. Should I Request An Autopsy? Yes! Sometimes an autopsy is required in order to obtain sufficient information to prove a medical malpractice case. There is no reason to not request one. If you are told that you cannot have one or that you have to pay for it, contact Spector & Kopec immediately.
When Do I Have To Sue? The time period to bring a lawsuit is called the statute of limitations. There are different statutes of limitations for different claims. Contact Spector & Kopec today to find out when you have to sue.
What Will This Cost Me? At Spector & Kopec, we advance the expenses of the lawsuit. There is no cost to you unless we get a recovery for you. The initial consultation is free.
Do I Have To Get My Medical Records? Some lawyers will tell you to get your medical records and then call them back. This can be a costly and time consuming process. At Spector & Kopec, we will get your medical records and evaluate your claim.
What Types Of Medical Malpractice Are There? Medical malpractice can occur during any type of treatment or procedure. At Spector & Kopec, we have handled medical malpractice cases in numerous areas, including:
- • Birth Injury (Brain Damage, Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s palsy)
- • Wrongful Death
- • Surgical Errors
- • Emergency Room Mistakes
- • Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis
- • Anesthesia Errors
- • Failure to Treat Blood Infections (Sepsis)
- • Infectious Diseases
- • Pulmonary Embolism (Blood Clots)
- • Pediatric Malpractice
- • Medication Errors
What Compensation Can I Get? There are different types of damages that can apply, depending on the case. They include compensation for pain and suffering, past medical bills, future medical costs, and lost wages. Contact Spector & Kopec now to discuss your potential compensation.