The seasoned cerebral palsy attorneys at the United National Cerebral Palsy Lawyer group are highly skilled personal injury lawyers who focus on helping persons who believe their cerebral palsy was caused by some types of medical malpractice. Although cerebral palsy may be caused by a number of non-preventable factors, ranging from congenital abnormalities to strokes, in some cases, the mistakes that doctors and nurses make before, during or immediately after labor can leave an infant with damage to the brain. A form of brain damage is referred to as cerebral palsy.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is an incurable neurological condition that can cause mild to severe impairments in cognition, speech, coordination and movement. As one of the most common childhood disabilities—second only to autism, cerebral palsy is typically diagnosed by the time a child is 2 years old. In the mildest cases, children may reach 5 before they are diagnosed with CP due to the subtly of symptoms.
Regardless of when the condition is diagnosed, if medical mistakes can be a proven cause in your baby's cerebral palsy development, our cerebral palsy attorneys can help you seek compensation for your losses. Last year alone, more than 1,100 payments were made to birth injury victims as a result of malpractice-related cerebral palsy.
When You Have a Legal Birth Injury Claim
Medical mistakes that can cause cerebral palsy and, as a result, be the basis of a birth injury lawsuit may involve doctors' and nurses' failure to:
- promptly perform a C-section when birthing complications clearly call for one
- detect and treat a baby's lack of oxygen, meningitis and/or seizures
- detect and treat a mother's high blood pressure, toxemia or infections
- recognize and treat a prolapsed umbilical cord (meaning the cord is caught around a baby's neck, potentially cutting off the oxygen supply)
- respond to heart rate changes in the mother or baby
Additionally, excessive use of vacuum extraction and improper use of forceps can also contribute to the development of cerebral palsy. Indications that medical malpractice may have occurred during the birthing process include:
- calling for an emergency C-section
- needing to resuscitate the baby upon birth via CPR
- transferring the newborn to an intensive care unit
- the presence of seizures in the first 4 days of life
- MRIs and brain scans after birth
- the presence of specialist physicians following birth
Contact our cerebral palsy lawyers today for a comprehensive evaluation of your case.