Medical Mistakes Can Lead To Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy refers to a spectrum of chronic movement disorders that affect the body and muscle coordination. While the movement disorders vary from mild to severe, the most common symptoms of cerebral palsy include one or more of the following:
- Stiff, spastic muscles
- Difficulty learning to walk and talk
- Difficulty grabbing objects
- Involuntary muscle movement
- Vision impairments
Every year approximately 8,000 babies are born with cerebral palsy. One of the leading causes of cerebral palsy is asphyxia, or lack of oxygen, to the infant’s brain during the birthing process. In many cases, this can be prevented with special attention and care by the doctor. If the doctor sees signs of distress before or during labor, he or she should speed up delivery by initiating an emergency cesarean.
If the doctor delays delivery or attempts to deliver the baby vaginally, the baby’s risk of developing cerebral palsy or another birth injury is substantially increased.
Recovering Compensation For Birth Injuries
Having a new child is one of the most special moments in a parent’s life. When medical mistakes result in birth injuries, this often causes a lifetime of devastation and trauma for both the injured infant and his or her family. Most children with cerebral palsy will need lifelong care and treatment for their condition.
Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., is experienced in handling cases involving birth injuries. We help the injured and their families recover compensation to help with the lifetime medical bills and expenses that follow a birth injury. We also fight to recover compensation for other losses associated with the injury, including:
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Physical pain and disfigurement
- Permanent disabilities
- Lifelong treatment and care
If you or someone you love has a child who was born with cerebral palsy and you suspect it was caused by a medical mistake, our lawyers are standing by to help you. We will thoroughly investigate the situation and will fight aggressively to ensure all responsible parties are held accountable.