Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders caused by physical trauma, infections, or oxygen deprivation that can result in loss of movement and/or loss of other nerve functions. It often occurs during fetal development or during labor or birth. The United States Cerebral Palsy Association estimates that more than 500,000 Americans have cerebral palsy.
There is no cure for cerebral palsy. It occurs in roughly two to four babies for every 1,000 births. The expenses of medical procedures, special education, orthopedic braces, and other appliances can be overwhelming.
Medical Mistakes Can Cause Cerebral Palsy
Unfortunately, cerebral palsy can be caused by medical providers failing to provide an adequate standard of care. This includes:
- improper use of labor-inducing drugs (e.g., Pitocin)
- failure to act on changes in the condition of the fetus during labor
- failure to act on changes in the mother’s condition during pregnancy
- failure to perform a cesarean section in the presence of fetal distress
- failure to order specific tests during pregnancy and/or not correctly interpreting these tests
- excessive use of vacuum extraction
- lack of oxygen to the brain or trauma to the head during labor and delivery
- infection during pregnancy
Early signs of inadequate medical care or brain injury can include the following symptoms or factors:
- The infant demonstrates poor sucking after birth.
- The infant has seizures within 24 to 48 hours.
- The infant is floppy at birth.
- The infant’s skin is blue or dusky at birth.
- The infant requires resuscitation because he or she is not breathing.
- There is no family history of brain damage.
- There was no indication of trauma or infection during pregnancy.
Our Cerebral Palsy Attorneys are Here to Help
A serious birth injury is devastating to both the child and their parents. Your family may feel alone and confused by the legal process. If you believe a doctor’s error could have caused your child’s cerebral palsy, the attorneys of Brown & Crouppen are here to help. We have experience in cases involving birth injuries, including cerebral palsy. At Brown & Crouppen, we fight for the rights of families like you every day.
You only have a limited time period in which you can file, but the costs of caring for a child with cerebral palsy will continue on.
It all Starts with A Free Case Evaluation from the Experienced Cerebral Palsy Team at Brown & Crouppen
Getting started is easy. You can call us at 800-536-4357 for a free consultation, or tell us about your case with our Free Case Review form. And remember, there’s no upfront cost to you — if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.
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- Medical Malpractice