Birth Injury Lawyers
Tragically, severe injuries to children can occur during pregnancy, labor, or shortly after birth. As a result, many parents face the challenge of providing for a child with special needs and seeking to secure the child’s future care and treatment. If a medical error caused the child’s injury, a medical malpractice claim may be possible to help ensure financial security for the potentially staggering medical and financial costs. To make sure you’re taken care of, you should get one of Sam Bernstein Law Firm’s birth injury lawyers.
We understand the emotional hardships of families dealing with traumatic birth injuries that could have been avoided.
While most injuries or illnesses are usually not caused by medical treatment errors, others are linked closely with medical negligence or medical mistakes. It is necessary to take a close look to determine if a birth injury was caused by medical malpractice.
Often, parents of children with cerebral palsy are led to believe that their child suffers from a birth defect that was unavoidable. Rarely are they told that medical errors caused their child’s disability. Many parents feel that there is no way to know what caused cerebral palsy and are unaware of the ways to search for answers.
The reality is that cerebral palsy is sometimes the result of a medical mistake that deprived a child of oxygen during pregnancy, often while the mother was in labor.
Doctors have an obligation to provide adequate care during all stages of a woman’s pregnancy, including labor and the period immediately after birth. Unfortunately, doctors are capable of error or negligence.
Physician mistakes that may cause cerebral palsy include:
- Failing to perform a cesarean section when the fetus is in distress or getting too little oxygen.
- Inadequately monitoring the mother during pregnancy and throughout the labor process.
- Misinterpreting test results during pregnancy or outright failure to conduct necessary tests.
- Failing to monitor closely when the mother has a condition like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, asthma, renal disease, lupus, or thyroid disease.
Spectrum of Severity
Symptoms of cerebral palsy range in severity.
An individual with cerebral palsy may have difficulty with fine motor tasks such as:
- Cutting with scissors
- Maintaining balance and walking
- Involuntary movements such as the uncontrollable writhing motion of the hands.
The symptoms differ from one person to the next, and may even change over time in the individual. Other medical disorders, like seizures or mental impairment, may affect some people with cerebral palsy.
Contrary to common belief, cerebral palsy does not always cause profound disability. While a child with severe cerebral palsy might be unable to walk and need extensive, lifelong care, a child with mild cerebral palsy might require limited special assistance. Cerebral palsy is not contagious and not usually inherited from one generation to the next. At this time, there is no cure, although scientific research continues to yield improved treatments and methods of prevention.
If your child or grandchild has been diagnosed with a birth injury or cerebral palsy, contact our personal injury law firm for one of our birth injury lawyers as soon as possible.