Houston Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Lawyers
According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), about 20% of patients with cerebral palsy suffered a brain injury at birth. The United Cerebral Palsy charity indicates that approximately 10,000 babies are born each year with this developmental disorder, which is currently incurable. While these statistics are troubling, it is nevertheless reasonable to otherwise expect that the medical team delivering your baby is acting with the child’s best interest in mind. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Although healthcare providers rarely intend to hurt a child, a simple act of carelessness or negligence can change your family forever. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy following a birth injury, your family will likely face substantial obstacles as a result.
The path for a child with cerebral palsy is markedly different than the one for a child without cerebral palsy. To help ease your situation, you will need substantial resources and services to support your child as they grow. When malpractice is to blame for your child’s birth injury, the at-fault party should be held financially accountable. You need a seasoned lawyer with the proper skill set to take on the hospital or doctor responsible.
The birth injury lawyers at Williams Hart have been serving the Houston community for decades. We know that in searching for legal representation, you are looking for a compassionate and dedicated team with the necessary wherewithal to get results. Having won billions of dollars in settlements and verdicts, our firm takes the legal outcome of your case incredibly seriously. We fight for the maximum amount of compensation possible because we know the lifetime financial and nonmonetary consequences that result from a birth injury can be enormous. To schedule a free consultation with a member of our team today, call (713) 352-7071 or reach out to us online.
Do I Need a Cerebral Palsy Attorney?
The birth of a child is a monumental experience for every family. The day reflects a spectrum of emotions from joy and excitement, to fear and even grief. If your child has been injured in the birthing process due to a medical mistake, the situation can often feel surreal. When your expectation of a healthy happy baby is not fulfilled, you are left looking for answers. While hiring an attorney will not undo the ordeal that you are going through, it can help ease your situation.
Well-resourced legal teams and comprehensive insurance plans protect hospitals against malpractice claims. For this reason, if you are serious about recovering compensation for the harm your child has endured, plus a lifetime of health challenges, you need a lawyer with the experience and knowledge to take on the at-fault party. The doctor or medical institution should be made to answer for their mistakes.
The days, weeks, and years following a birth injury are incredibly challenging. Each milestone your child would have met had they not been diagnosed with cerebral palsy is either delayed temporarily or indefinitely. Each cerebral palsy case is different, and each family employs different methods to cope. You should be able to focus on your family, rather than your legal standing. Entrusting your case to a dedicated Houston cerebral palsy attorney will help you reach the best possible legal outcome as quickly as possible.
Why Hire Williams Hart to Handle My Case?
Our lawyers have had the great privilege of fighting for Houston families since 1983. We know that when you are going through a difficult time, you need a reliable, compassionate legal team to manage your legal affairs. While this may be your first time taking legal action against a negligent doctor or hospital, rest assured that we’ve been fighting for justice against medical institutions for years.
Over our decades in practice, we have won billions of dollars for our clients. We have two goals: recovering the best possible settlement for you while making the legal process as easy as possible on your family. Whether we are able to reach a full and fair settlement, or we are forced to take your case to trial, we are committed to shouldering the burden so that you don’t have to. When we take your case, we want you to truly understand that we care about your family and your child’s wellbeing. Our firm includes attorneys who are certified in personal injury law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Birth injuries are a particularly tender subject, but no matter what has befallen your family, we firmly believe that your family can still have a wonderful life. At the same time, we believe in your right to compensation. When we fight for you, we are serious about holding institutions and at-fault parties accountable for the harm that they have caused. Our hope is that a favorable settlement or verdict will help your family for years to come.
Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Cases We Handle
Cerebral palsy is caused by a disruption in the early developmental stages of the brain. When your doctor or delivery team fails to anticipate possible issues during delivery, your child could suffer as a result. Though your child’s birth may just be another day at work for your obstetrician and attending healthcare staff, if they fail to give your delivery the individualized treatment that it deserves, the consequences could be life-changing.
According to information provided by the Mayo Clinic, patients diagnosed with cerebral palsy may display the following symptoms:
- Inconsistent muscle tone, either too rigid or floppy
- Stiff muscles
- Spasms and exaggerated reflexes
- Ataxia, or lack of coordination
- Involuntary movement
- Athetosis, or writing movement
- Favoring a particular side of the body
- Trouble swallowing
- Difficulty eating or sucking
- Delayed speech development
- Unable to make precise motions
- Delayed motor skill development
- Trouble walking
- Asymmetrical posture
In addition to these symptoms, some patients with cerebral palsy also develop neurological issues that lead to impaired hearing and vision, intellectual disability, seizures, highly-developed pain perception, psychiatric issues, and incontinence. The effects of cerebral palsy are different for each person. If your child has been injured at birth, holding the at-fault party accountable will help you meet your child’s unique needs.
Houston Medical Facilities
Houston is a hub for medical research and innovation. Nearly 73,000 medical professionals work in various hospitals and care facilities. Additionally, more than five million patients are treated in Houston medical facilities each year. As such, there is certainly no shortage of hospitals and medical providers in the greater Houston area, some of which include:
- Joseph Women’s Medical Center
- The Woman’s Hospital of Texas
- Houston Methodist Hospital
- Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital
- Women’s Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital
- Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center
- CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center–Texas Medical Center
- Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
- Women’s Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
- Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital
- Joseph Medical Center
- Houston Methodist West Hospital
- Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital
- Kindred Hospital Houston Northwest
- HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest
- Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital
- Shriners Hospitals for Children
- Kindred Hospital Houston Medical Center
If your child was delivered at one of the above facilities, the birth injury attorneys at Williams Hart are ready to learn more about your case and discuss your options. We are committed to listening and helping your family find a way forward.
Frequently Asked Questions
At Williams Hart we welcome questions. Since we’ve been representing Houston families for decades, we’ve heard nearly every question imaginable. Here are some of them. For a more in-depth conversation about your specific situation, give us a call at (713) 352-7071 today for a free case evaluation.
When Should I Hire a Lawyer?
If your child has suffered a birth injury because of subpar medical care, discuss your situation with a lawyer as soon as possible. Especially if your child’s medical condition is extremely compromised, taking quick action is crucial to ensure that you obtain the resources you need as soon as possible. Keep in mind that a statute of limitations on the books in Texas imposes a legal deadline for filing a lawsuit in court. This deadline can sneak up on you, so consulting a lawyer promptly is highly advisable. Additionally, as time passes, important records, evidence, and witnesses may be more difficult to access.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
Under Texas law, a medical malpractice victim must go to court no later than two years after the injury occurred or – in certain circumstances – two years from the conclusion of a course of treatment that was harmful. However, this limitation varies for children. Malpractice victims age 12 or younger can file up to their 14th birthday. In addition, the statute of repose requires victims to take action within a maximum of 10 years of an injury occurring. To discuss technicalities, logistics, and timing, get in touch with a Houston birth injury lawyer as soon as possible.
How Long Will My Case Take?
Each case has a unique set of challenges. From the outset, some cases seem straightforward but quickly become complicated during the discovery process. While we would love to be able to offer you a more certain answer about your case’s specific timeline, we simply can’t predict the future. Our commitment to you, however, is that we will remain transparent and accessible throughout our time fighting for your family.
Reach out to Williams Hart Today
When your family is impacted by a birth injury like cerebral palsy, you need support. The lawyers at Williams Hart are committed to examining the facts of your case, conducting rigorous research, and fighting on your behalf. When medical providers fail to provide satisfactory treatment, the consequences for Houston families are devastating. Although making the decision to take legal action against a medical institution can be difficult, our birth injury lawyers are here for you every step of the way. Take the first step toward getting justice in the aftermath of a birth injury; call (713) 352-7071 today, fill out our website response form or speak with us via live chat to set up your preliminary, free case evaluation.