Cerebral palsy is a permanent physical and cognitive disability where the brain cannot control parts of the body. Between 85-90% of cerebral palsy cases are a result of abnormal brain development and/or brain damage to the infant either during childbirth or pregnancy. Unfortunately, these injuries to the newborn are sometimes caused by the negligence of medical professionals.
Because an infant’s brain is not fully developed, they are especially vulnerable, and an injury can cause much more severe consequences than it would in an older child. For example, a lack of oxygen flow to an infant’s brain can quickly cause permanent damage. In some cases, such injury is unavoidable. However, as described below, in many cases the birth injury could have been prevented if the health care provider simply met the standard of care during their treatment of both the mother and the baby.
If you suspect medical malpractice played a role in causing your child’s cerebral palsy, you should contact a medical malpractice lawyer to investigate your case so you can find the answers you need. These are very serious types of cases, and require skilled trial counsel who are familiar with both the law and the medicine involved.
How Can Medical Malpractice Cause Cerebral Palsy
Some unfortunately common examples of cerebral palsy being caused by negligent medical care include:
- Delayed birth/ delay in performing a c-section
- Skull fractures
- Failure to identify low oxygen levels and heart rates
- Failure to treat/identify pre-eclampsia
- Umbilical cord complications
- Overdose or overuse of Piticin
- Failure to monitor a baby and mother for distress
- Failing to identify and react to umbilical cord prolapse or perfusion
- Delays in treating bleeding
- Improper prenatal care
- Improper monitoring or failure to monitor and evaluate a mother
- Delays in reacting to fetal distress
- Improper use of extraction tools or vacuum tools
Why File a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Cerebral palsy requires costly treatments for the injured individual and their families. This kind of birth injury leads to lifelong medical treatments resulting in exorbitant medical costs. Additionally, the individual may suffer a loss of future earnings. Families can seek compensation to ease the financial burden of living with cerebral palsy and raising someone with the condition by filing a medical malpractice claim.
Besides receiving financial compensation from a lawsuit, there are other reasons to file a claim. For example, it could potentially prevent a similar accident from harming someone else, provide more insight into how the incident occurred, and it can hold the individuals responsible for the injury accountable for their actions.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
No family deserves the traumatic diagnosis of cerebral palsy, no matter the cause. However, if you believe your child’s cerebral palsy may have been caused by negligent medical care, reach out to the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek today. Our team can review your case and help you to learn more about filing a cerebral palsy/medical malpractice lawsuit.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
Do you believe that you or your loved one has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or medical neglect? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Cardaro & Peek, LLC today.
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.