Most developmental delays improve over time. Sometimes, however, a more serious underlying medical condition is the cause. Cerebral palsy is a medical condition that happens to a newborn when a part of the brain responsible for muscle control gets damaged. The damage can happen before, during or after birth and can cause a child to have poor coordination, poor balance, or abnormal movement patterns. What are the different types of cerebral palsy? How is cerebral palsy diagnosed? What other medical disorders are associated with cerebral palsy? Understanding all the facts will help your family determine if you need to consult a Cerebral palsy lawyer.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is typically not a progressive condition. Damage to the brain is a one-time event, so it will not get worse. Medical mistakes can cause cerebral palsy. Every doctor and other health care professional must follow certain standards when treating their patients. If they don’t follow those standards and either a birth injury or death occurs, it might be medical negligence or malpractice. Some situations where medical negligence might occur include the failure to:
- Provide the right prenatal care
- Provide the right support during labor and delivery
- Diagnose and treat an infection in the mother
- Diagnose and treat early labor
- Diagnose a dangerously large baby
- Manage an extended pregnancy
- Respond to bleeding
- Treat placental abruption
- Treat preeclampsia or maternal infections
- Safely manage labor and delivery or a delay in delivery
- Act on fetal heart monitor changes and evidence of fetal distress
- Correctly use a vacuum extractor or forceps during delivery
- Perform a timely cesarean section (C-section) to remove a baby in distress
- Successfully resuscitate and intubate a newborn
Other causes of cerebral palsy might be severe brain injury or head trauma, severe dehydration, genetic damage, prematurity, bacterial meningitis, severe jaundice, or maternal infection such as rubella.
Does Your Child Have Cerebral Palsy?
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Medical errors at hospitals are not always reported and, worse, they sometimes get covered up. If your child suffered a birth injury that resulted in cerebral palsy during your pregnancy or at the time of delivery, we may be able to help.
At Robins Kaplan LLP, our birth injury lawyers and medical advisors have years of experience sifting through medical records to uncover the truth. We find out the cause of birth injuries and whether the actions of the medical team played a part in causing them. Year after year, we have been recognized for recovering the largest settlements for people who have suffered from medical malpractice. Kathleen Flynn Peterson, Terry Wade, Chris Messerly and Peter Schmit have been consistently named “Super Lawyers” and “Best lawyers in America.” Talk to one of our medical advisors now by calling 1-800-553-9910 or contact us.