Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects an individual’s ability to move. It can be caused in many different ways, but it frequently occurs as a result of brain damage sustained by a newborn during pregnancy or soon after birth. Some of its effects include a lack of muscle control and coordination, abnormalities in muscle tone, difficulty performing certain movements, an inability to hold a straight posture, and an inability to maintain balance. Cerebral palsy can cause additional health issues as well, including vision, speaking, hearing, and learning problems.
Unless it results in very mild issues that the individual overcomes with therapy, cerebral palsy is a permanent and life-long condition. Mild symptoms can improve over time with proper care and regular therapy, but more serious symptoms may worsen over time as an individual’s strength and ability to move to deteriorate. Growth defects may lead to chronic issues such as frequent fractures and misaligned joints, leaving the affected individual and their family to deal with the high cost of care and lost opportunities in life. From juggling the schedules of caretakers to taking on additional jobs to pay for treatment, a cerebral palsy diagnosis can forever alter life’s course for you and everyone in your family, in addition to the pain, suffering, social stigma, and developmental challenges that your injured child will likely have to live with forever.
If you think your child may have cerebral palsy, or if you suspect that the disorder could have been prevented if medical mistakes were not committed by healthcare professionals responsible for treating or delivering your child, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team of experienced, knowledgeable, and committed legal professionals specialize in helping families find the financial resources they need to care for their disabled children. We also help them file and pursue lawsuits against medical professionals who are guilty of malpractice or negligence. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529 to learn more about your rights, how to file a case, compensable damages you may be entitled to, and important filing deadlines you must meet if your claim is to stand up in court.
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What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Anyone of multiple pre- and post-birth events can lead to irreparable damage to the developing brain of a fetus or newborn baby. There is no single cause of cerebral palsy, but the chances of developing it comes down to certain risk factors that can lead to brain damage. These risk factors include:
- Birth at less than 37 weeks
- Low birth weight; this can be because of pre-term birth or multiple births in the same pregnancy
- Thrombophilia, or problems with blood clotting
- An insufficient supply of oxygen or nutrients in the womb
- Blood compatibility issues between the mother and her baby
- Viral or bacterial infections such as meningitis or German measles
- Birth injury caused by forceful pulling on the baby, incorrect use of assistive devices, or inexperience on the part of the delivery team
Although cerebral palsy can occur through no fault of the delivery team, many of the risk factors and birth-related events outlined above are preventable, and medical professionals are expected to deliver high-quality and professional medical services to everyone they treat. At the Birth Injury Lawyers Group, we handle a wide range of birth injury cases, including cerebral palsy cases, especially those caused by medical negligence. Birth injuries are a sensitive issue, and we handle every case with professionalism, empathy, and compassion. Call us today at (800) 222-9529 for a free, no-obligation consultation with a legal expert to learn more about your rights and options for pursuing damages and compensation for the birth-related injuries of your child.
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Seeking Legal Assistance
Numerous disability rights laws, in addition to federal laws, have been passed to protect children from discrimination when it comes to accessing education and/or other resources. You also have the right to your financial security, especially if your child is made to suffer a costly and debilitating injury through no fault of their own. A lawyer can help you seek compensation for your child’s disabilities, make sure that his or her rights are not infringed on because of those very disabilities, and connect you to healthcare providers who can provide you with the guidance, therapy, and rehabilitation you need.
You may have grounds to sue for damages if your child developed cerebral palsy as a result of doctor negligence, inexperience, inattention, or distraction during or soon after birth or at any time during which a baby’s brain is still in development. However, medical practitioners and hospitals are usually very well-insured and they have teams of lawyers that work around the clock to protect the financial interests of their clients.
To win compensation from a doctor or a hospital that caused your child’s brain injuries that led to cerebral palsy, you will have to:
- Determine whether or not there was a failure to diagnose, properly treat, or address pregnancy complications, such as high blood pressure, infections, large fetuses, or preeclampsia.
- Determine if your doctor or a member of the delivery or neonatal care team failed to properly monitor, identify, or address these complications.
- Obtain proof that the delivery team failed to detect signs of fetal distress that resulted in brain damage during or after delivery.
- Identify medical errors, including delayed C-sections, a failure to perform a C-section, improper dosages of labor-inducing drugs, or the improper, unsafe, or grossly negligent use of assistive devices for birth and delivery, such as forceps or vacuum extractors.
We can help you determine whether or not your child’s cerebral palsy was the result of medical negligence. We will help you to identify the party or parties responsibly, determine the value of your claim, file your claim with the right courts within the appropriate jurisdiction, and negotiate a fair claim on your behalf. Will also represent you in court if the case goes to trial. Call today at (800) 222-9529 for a private consultation with one of our birth injury specialists and to learn more about winning the compensation you and your family deserve.