Birth Injury / Cerebral Palsy
If you are the parent of a child with Cerebral Palsy, you should know that medical malpractice could be the cause of your child’s birth injury and current neurological problems.
Cerebral Palsy can be caused by improper management of labor or inappropriate methods of delivery that cause lack of oxygen, bleeding, head trauma or other injury to the newborn child. Cerebral Palsy can also be caused by failure to diagnose meningitis or other infections during the first few weeks or months of life.
Our law firm has represented many families over the years whose children have Cerebral Palsy and who have recovered large sums of money to assist in the many needs that such a child requires.
We have access to the finest physicians in the medical field who provide care to pregnant women - including obstetricians and gynecologists, maternal and fetal medicine specialists, nurse midwives, labor and delivery nurses, and other physicians and nurses who provide care to pregnant women and their newborn children.
While most doctors and nurses provide a high standard of care for their patients, unfortunately, many families are harmed by medical mistakes. Common findings in cases where babies have developed Cerebral Palsy as a result of negligence include:
- Physician waited too long to do a C-Section
- Physician misread fetal monitoring equipment, and failed to diagnose fetal distress during labor
- Physician administered too much Pitocin or failed to act in a timely manner when signs of distress occurred after Pitocin
- Physician mismanaged the complication that developed during pregnancy or labor
- The nurses failed to contact the primary physician when problems developed during labor
- The physician was called but didn’t come in soon enough when problems developed during labor
- The patient was not referred to a specialist when it was determined that her pregnancy was high risk
- There was not a pediatrician or neonatologist present when the baby was delivered
- These are just some of the findings that often take place in cases where Cerebral Palsy is caused by a medical mistake.
Signs of Cerebral Palsy include poor head control, the child startles excessively, excessive stiffness or limpness, difficulty sucking and feeding, delays in motor development, seizures, etc.
Compensation in these cases may provide many opportunities and options for your child that would not be there if litigation were not pursued.