Hemiplegia is a debilitating condition that has a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, both, in the short and long-term. When a child is born with the condition, or develops it shortly after birth, it has an especially big impact. Both their physical and mental development will be greatly slowed, by the condition. They can grow up to have severe disabilities.
Contact a lawyer immediately hemiplegia is suspected
If it is believed that your child may have hemiplegia, it is usually worth speaking to a personal injury lawyer. This is because there is a good chance that the condition was caused by an injury to their brain that they sustained whilst in the womb or at birth.
The sooner you speak to a lawyer the better it will be for you and your child. An experienced hemiplegia or cerebral palsy lawyer will be able to advise you on how to gather evidence. Should it turn out that your child has hemiplegia that was caused by negligence you will need proof. If you leave the task of contacting a lawyer for a couple of months, while a diagnosis is confirmed, some of that evidence could be lost.
For example, the sooner you write down what you can remember about the circumstances of their birth the more you will recall. Keeping details of when you took your child to the doctor and what was said is important too.
Why you need to make a personal injury claim if you can
If that injury was caused because of medical neglect, you should be able to make a personal injury claim. Given the fact that your child is going to require a higher level of care, this is important.
A successful claim will enable you to pay for the medical care they need. To cover the costs of drugs, nursing and specialist physiotherapy that can enable them to develop more than they would do naturally. Later, your child will need access to funds to pay for additional support.
What to look for in a hemiplegia lawyer
However, you need to find the right lawyer for your case. Doing so significantly improves your chances of success. Here are the things you need to look for.
Top of the list is experience, the more relevant the better. All kinds of circumstances can lead to an injury that causes hemiplegia. Therefore, you need a lawyer who has experience of dealing with what are, often, complex cases. They need to be able to look at medical reports and other types of data and quickly spot that they contain proof of negligence, evidence that will help your case. Without the right type of experience, it will be impossible for them to do this effectively.
A good reputation
Your lawyer needs to have a good reputation. Online reviews and talking to parents who have hired them in the past will help you to understand how good they are.
Easy to contact and talk to
Taking care of a child, is time-consuming. Even more so when that child has special needs. So, you want a lawyer who calls you back quickly and clearly answers your questions. The case will take time to go through the system, so you need to be working with someone you feel comfortable with and trust.
Where to get additional support
If you have a child with hemiplegia, it is wise to tap into as many sources of support as you can. This list of support groups will help you to do so.