Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term given to a group of conditions that are caused by damage to the developing brain of a baby either before, during, or after birth. It can occur naturally, for example via gene mutations or other factors out of the control of doctors and medical staff, but many cerebral palsy cases are the result of preventable birth injuries that occurred as a result of the negligence, errors, or lack of experience on the part of delivery team staff.
If your child suffers from cerebral palsy or if you suspect that his or her injuries were the result of mistreatment during or soon after delivery, call us today at (800) 222-9529. At the Birth Injury Lawyers Group, we will help you ascertain how, when, and why your child suffered brain injuries, who, if anyone, can be held liable for those injuries, and how much you may be entitled to in terms of compensation and reparations for your child’s injuries. Call today for a free case evaluation by a seasoned legal expert.
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How Do Birth Injuries Occur?
Birth injuries that lead to cerebral palsy can occur in many different ways. The likelihood of sustaining these types of injuries increases with the presence of specific risk factors. Risk factors that can increase the chances of a birth injury occurring include all of the following:
- Blood clots
- Abnormalities in the placenta
- Infection of the mother or baby
- Low oxygen in the baby’s brain
- High blood pressure in the mother
- Negligence/improper medical care
Identifying when and how a specific event caused damages that led to cerebral palsy can be difficult. Firstly, access to your personal medical files may be restricted, and you may be legally bound from pursuing damages for certain medical events or from specific categories of caregivers. You will also have to gather evidence of negligence on the part of specific parties before you can file a claim for compensation. We are here to help you put together a case, file on time, and negotiate a settlement with the right parties so that you and your family can begin the process of healing. Call today at (800) 222-9529 to learn more.
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Types of Brain Damage
Birth-related brain damage leading to cerebral palsy is generally categorized in one of four ways. Knowing which type of brain damage your child sustained is an important part of understanding the treatment options your child has.
- Low blood and oxygen reaching the brain of the baby right before delivery can lead to Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), which is a preventable birth injury.
- The death of white matter in the brain that controls motor functions can lead to Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL). It occurs when there is a lack of blood flow to the part of the brain where the white matter is found.
- Bleeding in the brain can lead to an intracranial hemorrhage, commonly caused by a stroke that is caused by blood vessels in the brain of the baby that is either blocked or damaged.
- Anything that restricts the healthy development of the brain of a child or a fetus can lead to abnormal development of the motor center of the brain. This is called cerebral dysgenesis.
Other Preventable Birth Injuries
In addition to the above, many other birth injuries that lead to cerebral palsy are preventable. The leading cause of these types of injury is negligence by the medical delivery or obstetrics team responsible for the care of the mother and her child.
Preventable birth injuries most often caused by the following:
- The improper or incorrect use of delivery instruments such as forceps or a vacuum extractor.
- A failure to detect issues with the placenta or umbilical cord.
- Mismanagement of normal delivery procedures.
- A failure to detect infections in the mother during her pregnancy.
- A failure to effectively manage adverse effects that result from the use of drugs during pregnancy or labor, or medications using before, during, or after surgery.
- A failure to properly monitor the mother’s and the baby’s heart rate during delivery.
- A failure to perform a medically recommended C-section.
These errors or shortcomings in medical judgment can lead to birth injuries that, in turn, lead to cerebral palsy, leading to lifelong disability and all or some of the symptoms that come with cerebral palsy in its various forms.
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How Will a Lawyer Help?
Cerebral palsy is a serious condition that requires lifelong treatment. The cost of raising a child with cerebral palsy is many times higher than raising a child who does not have a disability. You have the right to seek compensation via a lawsuit for your child’s pain, suffering, the costs associated with his or her care, and other losses you may incur, such as lost time from work and the cost of assistive devices, but only if it can be proven that your child’s condition was the result of medical negligence and that the party or parties responsible for causing it owed you a duty of care. We specialize in birth injury cases and can help you with the following:
- Establishing that your child’s medical team owed the child and/or the mother a duty of care, giving them the right treatment required, given the circumstances.
- Identifying how, when, and where your child sustained a preventable birth injury.
- Quantifying the cost of the injury and all associated losses.
- Understanding relevant statutes of limitation, filing and administrative requirements, and relevant insurance policies that pertain to your case.
- Collecting medical records, the testimony of medical staff and subject experts, and the performance records of other staff members who may have contributed to your child’s injuries.
- Negotiating a settlement with the hospital or medical team responsible for your child’s cerebral palsy.
- Representing you in court if a fair settlement cannot be arrived at.
Caring for a child with cerebral palsy can be physically, emotionally, and financially exhausting, but we are here to help. We work to secure the physical and financial wellbeing of our clients and have years of experience handling birth injury cases. Call us today at (800) 222-9529 to learn more about how we can help you deal with your child’s cerebral palsy and secure the damages and compensation to which you may be entitled.