Cerebral Palsy Lawyers

Experienced Legal Representation for Birth Injury Victims

Preventable mistakes that result in a birth injury can be catastrophic and heartbreaking. When a baby does not get enough oxygen (hypoxia) during labor and delivery, he or she is at risk for developing cerebral palsy. This may result in a wide range of cognitive and/or physical abnormalities that can cause moderate to severe deficits. At our law firm, our cerebral palsy attorneys work to hold medical professionals accountable for negligent acts.

If your child suffers from cerebral palsy due to malpractice during the labor and delivery process, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our  personal injury lawyers .

Helping You Seek Full and Fair Compensation

A hypoxic birth injury that results in cerebral palsy can leave a child bedridden and may require a lifetime of medical care. In other cases, a child may only experience a minor lack of motor control and other deficits. In any case, an early diagnosis and intervention is critical. Getting early treatment may go a long way toward improving your child’s quality of life.

Our brain injury attorneys will work hard to help you seek the full and fair compensation you need for your child’s injuries. We will work closely with neonatology experts, life-care planners and economists to paint a full picture of your child’s damages. The lawyers at our firm understand how medical malpractice cases work. We will use all of our skills and knowledge to help you get the compensation you need in order to move forward with your life.

Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyers

When we entrust our well-being to our primary care physician or to specialists, such as an oncologist, we rightly expect our doctors to exercise the accepted standard of care, including the correct, timely diagnoses of diseases such as cancer that a physician has the ability to deliver. How shocking, then, when a patient learns that he or she has an advanced stage of cancer, despite previous complaints of symptoms which were disregarded during doctors’ visits? At our firm, our cancer misdiagnosis attorneys help injured victims seek compensation.

If you or a loved one has suffered due to a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose, it is important to seek legal representation. Contact our  personal injury lawyers to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your situation.

How Is Cancer Misdiagnosed or Undiagnosed?

It can be baffling to try and understand how medical professionals can make such a crucial error as a failed or delayed diagnosis of cancer. Our medical malpractice attorneys will launch a thorough investigation into what went wrong. We will see if there is evidence of one or more of the following causes:

Your doctor ignored your complaints, although your symptoms closely matched well-known symptoms of that type of cancer.

A diagnostic laboratory made a mistake. Perhaps your slide was switched with another person’s slide — or the pathologist misread your slide.

A radiologist may have failed to detect early stage lung cancer when studying your chest X-ray.

The nursing home where your elderly parent was a resident failed to provide timely physicals as promised.

Although cancer has often been considered a fatal disease, medical research has developed new therapies and diagnostic procedures. Some cancers respond to medication, such as chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. The earlier they are correctly diagnosed, the more likely it is that an oncologist will recommend the course of treatment most likely to result in survival. When medical malpractice is committed by failing to diagnose, turn to the lawyers at our firm who can help you seek full and fair compensation.

The Physician-Patient Privilege in Wrongful Death Cases

The physician-patient privilege is designed to help each patient feel free to tell his or her doctor the whole truth about what he or she is experiencing; that way, the doctor will have the best information for diagnosing and treating the patient. This privilege can be very important for the relationship between the doctor and the patient. When a patient passes away, however, what happens to the privilege?

If you want to take legal action because your loved one suffered a wrongful death, you may have questions about the privacy of the medical records involved. For more information on physician-patient privilege, speak with an experienced attorney from our firm.

Doctor-patient privilege

Doctor-patient privilege is the patient’s right to keep anything that the patient told the doctor in confidence, for the purpose of diagnosis and/or treatment, from being disclosed in a legal proceeding. If the patient wants, he or she can give the doctor permission to disclose the information. In most legal proceedings in which the patient is suing the physician, the patient will want the medical records to be disclosed, but this is not always the case.

When the patient has passed away, especially in a wrongful death, the patient’s family or representative may wish to present the medical records in court (or during settlement negotiations). These records could help the family prove its case — perhaps supporting an allegation that a doctor’s treatment caused the patient’s wrongful death, or showing how someone else’s actions ultimately caused the patient’s death.

This situation brings up the problem of who may stand in the patient’s place to waive the physician-patient privilege.

Waiving the doctor-patient privilege

The doctor-patient privilege does not automatically go away when a patient dies. As with most questions involving wrongful death, however, the laws on this issue vary from state to state. In the absence of the patient, the person who represents the deceased typically has the power to waive the physician-patient privilege; this may be the spouse, parent or child of the deceased. In some cases, the privilege may be waived because the plaintiff’s lawsuit centers on the medical condition of the deceased, when the medical information is key to how the case will be decided.

Naturally, if your lawsuit includes allegations against a doctor or hospital, the defendant may be reluctant to release the necessary medical records. The laws of your state will have rules to deal with this situation, and having a lawyer in your corner can make the process move more smoothly.

Speak with a personal injury attorney

An attorney who knows the laws can guide you in your pursuit of justice for your loved one.The question of how to access and use medical records may seem daunting, but a lawyer from our firm can offer advice on how to proceed.