Understanding Birth Injuries and Cerebral Palsy

Child birth is often the happiest day of a parent’s life as a new boy or girl is brought into the world. However, the days before, during and after a child’s birth can be everything but happy for parents who face complications during delivery. Birth injuries are an unfortunate occurrence that can lead to a wide range of cerebral palsy related conditions and can be caused by an assortment of factors. These conditions can also evolve over the course of nearly a year, requiring effective investigation to understand the cause and, where necessary, provide legal assistance in the event of medical malpractice or negligence.

What you may not know is that birth injuries leading to cerebral palsy can, and often do, occur during pregnancy. Whether it is a member of the hospital staff, an obstetric specialist, a doula, midwife, doctor, etc., a duty of care exists that provides rights to future parents under the law. Exploring the actions of medical professionals, including proper monitoring, infection diagnosis, inadequate care and more during a Medical Legal Review helps determine if medical care during pregnancy (especially resulting in birth injuries) was the cause of your child’s cerebral palsy.

Unfortunately there are a number of events during labor and delivery that can lead to birth injury. Involving actions taken by a doctor, as well as the proper care that should be provided during labor (monitoring of vital signs, delivery time, induction and more), lapses in care by medical professionals can lead to cerebral palsy that will dramatically change the life of the child and their family. Understanding what occurred during the delivery, and the care that should have been provided to prevent birth injuries, is crucial when exploring possibilities like Lifetime Benefits for your child.

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While most cases of cerebral palsy caused by birth injury take place during delivery, there are also cases where events post-delivery lead to significant ailments. Birth injury after delivery can be extremely unexpected and yet just as critical. Whether involving a medical professional failing to diagnose or treat a condition, or act properly in the event of an abnormal Apgar score or any number of other elements, these injuries can lead to your child facing a life with cerebral palsy. An effective and knowledgeable lawyer will investigate the actions taken by medical professionals for signs of improper treatment, negligence and/or medical malpractice.

Birth injuries, especially those that cause cerebral palsy, are traumatic for the entire family. While nothing can be done about the events surrounding the birth, action can be taken to help limit the impact of those injuries and allow your child to fully maximize their potential. Contact our offices today to discuss the birth injuries your child suffered and find out about all of your legal options.

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