According to Mayo Clinic, cervical dystonia is a painful neurological condition that causes neck muscles to contract involuntarily, causing the head to turn to one side. Cervical dystonia can also cause the head to tilt forward or backward uncontrollably.
Dystonia can be genetic; however, it can also potentially develop as a result of medical malpractice and birth injuries. If a newborn has cervical dystonia, the condition may be due to physical trauma that occurred with delivery. Some of the risks of an infant developing cervical dystonia include:
- Oxygen deprivation (hypoxia) in pregnancy or during birth.
- Excessive force to an infant’s head and neck during birth.
- Injury to the spinal cord during delivery.
- Having cerebral palsy due to a birth injury.
There is no cure for cervical dystonia. While the condition is treatable and may get better over time, your baby may have to deal with the consequences of such an injury, including medical treatments and/or surgery, for the rest of their life.
If your baby suffers from cervical dystonia due to the mistake or misdiagnosis of a doctor, you should consult with your Los Angeles cervical dystonia lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm now for advice: (800) 794-0444.
Diagnosing Cervical Dystonia
A doctor may be able to diagnose cervical dystonia simply by conducting a comprehensive physical examination of your child. However, they may also order various tests to rule out other conditions, including blood tests, urine tests, and imaging tests such as an MRI. According to the Journal of the Neurological Sciences, it can take more than a year to get an accurate diagnosis and begin treatment for cervical dystonia.
You Could Have Legal Recourse
Cervical dystonia is a potentially lifelong as well as painful condition. You and your child may have to permanently live with the physical and emotional suffering that cervical dystonia brings, including extensive medical treatments and medication. Having a lifelong or chronic condition can also put a huge strain on a family’s finances.
If someone else’s medical negligence caused your baby’s cervical dystonia, you could have legal recourse and recover compensation in a medical malpractice claim.
Medical malpractice claims can be challenging to prove and typically require compelling evidence and expert witnesses. Doctors and hospitals may also have their own legal defense team ready for trial.
Your Los Angeles cervical dystonia lawyer is not afraid to stand up to hospitals and doctors and knows how to handle medical malpractice cases. We can help you collect the necessary evidence and consult with expert witnesses in order to help prove your claim.
Most of all, having a lawyer by your side can help you focus on your physical recovery while also pursuing justice through legal action.
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Types of Potential Compensation
In a medical malpractice case, you could potentially receive compensation for your financial losses as well as any unnecessary suffering you or your child experienced.
If you can prove a medical provider’s negligence, you could recover economic as well as non-economic damages. Economic damages are typically based on your financial losses and expenses. Compensation for economic damages can include, among others:
This can include all past, present, and estimated future expenses you have incurred as a result of another’s negligence and medical malpractice.
Loss of Earnings
You may have had to take time off work or leave your career entirely in order to care for your child. In this case, you could also recover any loss of wages or loss of future wages due to your baby’s birth injury.
If your baby’s injuries are severe, you could potentially receive costs for hiring a home health aide and other assistance.
You could also recover any out-of-pocket expenses associated with the injury, such as transportation costs, or costs for assistive medical devices, for example.
In addition to economic awards, you could also recover non-economic awards. As non-economic damages can be hard to quantify and calculate, you have the option to consult a Los Angeles cervical dystonia lawyer to help you assess your damages correctly. Non-economic damages can include, among others:
Physical and Mental Suffering
If your baby had to undergo extensive medical treatment in connection with a medical malpractice injury, they suffered physical pain as well as emotional distress. You could receive awards based on any physical as well as emotional anguish and pain.
If your baby is permanently injured, has a permanent loss of function, or is disfigured due to cervical dystonia, you could receive compensation.
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California Statute of Limitations
According to the California Code of Civil Procedure § 340.5, there are deadlines when it comes to medical malpractice lawsuits. Generally, you should file your lawsuit within three years of the injury date, or within one year of the discovery of the injury. You may have even less time if you file a lawsuit against a government entity. It is crucial that you start the process of initiating legal action as soon as you can.
Your Los Angeles cervical dystonia lawyer can help you gather the necessary evidence and build your case, as well as ensure that you are within all the legally mandated deadlines to file your suit.
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Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Fight for Your Rights
Contact us today for help with your medical malpractice claim. We can fight powerful medical institutions and doctors, and we do not shy away from tough cases.
When working for you, we aim for fair compensation to cover the costs resulting from a birth injury that was a medical provider’s fault. We also take into consideration any future medical costs relating to the injury. You should not have to pay for the damages that someone else’s negligence caused.
Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for your free consultation with a team member today by dialing (800) 794-0444.