One of the most common – and often most serious – types of birth injuries that can occur is cerebral palsy (CP). This type of birth injury is a muscle control disorder. Cerebral palsy birth injuries can happen when part of a baby’s brain is damaged before, during or shortly following birth.
Cerebral palsy can affect a person’s muscle tone, posture and brain development. And what can make many cases involving cerebral palsy so complicated involves the fact that many parents do not realize their child has this condition until years after their child’s birth.
Knowing what to do in such situations can be overwhelming. Even knowing what your rights are and whether you can still take legal action might not be clear. That’s why it’s important to talk to an experienced cerebral palsy attorney right away. That’s why we want to meet with you.
Our lawyers at Goldberg & Schulkin Law Offices understand how the legal system works and know how to find the facts that matter when it comes to such complex cases. That’s why we have such a strong track record of success. That’s why we want to help you.
Cerebral palsy risk factors
Doctors need to be extremely vigilant during a women’s pregnancy and monitor for anything that could affect the health of a fetus or a pregnant woman. Common risk factors associated with cerebral palsy and birth defects include:
Pre-existing medical conditions with pregnant women
Infections during pregnancy
Abnormal fetus position
Larger than normal fetus
Experienced doctors look for these symptoms and other warning signs that something could be wrong with the mother or the fetus that could result in cerebral palsy. Failure to do so can have serious consequences.
Common causes of cerebral palsy in infants include:
Lack of oxygen to the brain (asphyxia) during pregnancy or delivery
Maternal infections during pregnancy
Challenges families face
Patients with cerebral palsy have difficulty controlling their movements. They can also suffer visual, auditory and speech difficulties and learning disabilities. The condition limits motor skill development. Seizures can also occur.
Cerebral palsy does not always cause total disability. The severity of this disease varies by individual. Some children with cerebral palsy may not be able to walk and require lifelong care. Therapy, medication and surgery can help many people regain function, but the treatment is expensive.
Our cerebral palsy lawyers can help you
Doctors sometimes miss the warning signs that something is wrong during a pregnancy or labor. Or they may fail to act quickly. Neither is an excuse for causing your child’s cerebral palsy birth injury.
Worst of all, many medical professionals deny doing anything wrong. That’s because they realize there’s often thousands or even millions of dollars at stake. That’s why it’s critical that you talk to an attorney at our law firm about the different legal options available to you.
Your doctor’s negligent actions may constitute medical malpractice and you may be legally entitled to compensation for these injuries. As your attorney, we can thoroughly investigate your claim and make sure your rights are respected.
Your child might have a permanent impairment that requires long-term care. Some children with this condition enjoy productive and happy lives. However, many children need lifelong medical treatment, therapy, tutoring and more. All of these services cost money. And you often only have one opportunity to obtain the financial compensation your family deserves.
With decades of experience and a knowledgeable legal nurse consultant on our staff, we can thoroughly investigate your claim and search for evidence that malpractice occurred. Put your trust in a law firm that puts your needs first. Contact us right now.