Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Lawyer
If your baby developed cerebral palsy due to a birth injury, you may benefit from speaking to a seasoned lawyer from McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt. Cerebral palsy is a common and permanent type of birth injury that affects the baby’s brain. It results in disabilities whose severity depends on the nature of the brain damage. Because it’s a movement disorder, it negatively affects the person’s reflexes, muscle tone, speech, posture, and overall mobility. If the person suffered a severe injury to the brain, the cerebral palsy that resulted may reflect that severity. In other cases, the impairment can be quite mild. Worst cases result in deafness, blindness, cognitive impairment, difficulty swallowing, impaired eye function, or seizures. Regardless of the severity of your child’s cerebral palsy, if their condition is a direct result of medical malpractice, we encourage you to speak with a birth injury lawyer. They may be able to obtain a large settlement from the negligent medical provider so that your family receives the compensation you need in order to provide your child with optimum care.
Compensation for Damages
Though cerebral palsy is an irreversible, permanent condition, your child may benefit from physical rehabilitation and other treatment that can improve the quality of their life. They may also benefit from specialized equipment like leg braces and wheelchairs. Medication, surgery, and other specialized procedures may be beneficial. Such treatment can be expensive, however, particularly as cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition. For some families, the costs runs into the millions of dollars over their child’s lifetime. A cerebral palsy birth injury lawyer represents families in claims against at-fault medical providers to ensure a fair settlement is provided for the child’s care.
Common Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy symptoms vary depending on the severity of the condition. You can expect your child to exhibit any of the following, though a qualified medical physician can provide you with more specifics based on your child’s condition:
- Poor physical coordination and balance
- Awkward gait
- Abnormal muscle tone
- Abnormal reflexes
- Decrease in muscle mass
- Deformities of the bones and joints
- Lack of fine motor skills
- Impaired motor development
Common Examples of Medical Malpractice Resulting in Cerebral Palsy
More than 200,000 children are diagnosed every year with cerebral palsy in the United States. Though not all are caused by medical malpractice during the birthing process, many instances of cerebral palsy are avoidable but for the negligence of physicians and other healthcare providers. Here are several examples of how medical malpractice can lead to cerebral palsy:
- Failure to recognize that the baby is in the breech position prior to delivery.
- Failure to diagnose a substantial differentiation between the size of the baby’s head the mother’s pelvis.
- Failure to diagnose and treat the baby’s jaundice.
- Failure to properly monitor the health and condition of the baby and mother during childbirth.
- Failure to properly use a vacuum extractor or forceps.
- Failure to delay the delivery of a baby who is distressed due to oxygen deprivation.
To learn more about how a birth injury lawyer from McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt might be able to assist your family, contact a law firm to schedule a complimentary consultation.