Counsel For Victims Of Cerebral Palsy And Their Families
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of neuromuscular disorders caused by brain damage. It affects its victims’ ability to control their muscles, which in turn affects their muscle tone, balance, coordination, posture, reflex and overall body movement. The most common type, called spastic CP, may affect just the legs, arms and legs, or, in its most severe form, the entire body and face. This severe form often has other symptoms associated with it, including intellectual disabilities, seizures, and problems with vision, hearing and speech.
Cerebral palsy is often preventable during the birthing process. Who can you turn to for help if your child develops CP?
At Crandall & Pera Law, our team of tenacious attorneys and registered nurses will investigate claims of negligence related to cerebral palsy to help you determine next steps. We have helped families throughout Ohio and Kentucky hold negligent parties accountable and plan for a future that involves life long medical costs associated with CP.
Brain Damage During Pregnancy
CP can be caused by brain damage or injury during pregnancy. For example, fetal hypoxia, a condition in which there is a lack of oxygen to the developing baby’s brain, can result in permanent brain damage if not addressed quickly.
Some expectant mothers are at a higher risk of fetal hypoxia than others, and must be monitored more closely for signs that the condition. Women at higher risk of fetal hypoxia include smokers, diabetics, and women with blood disorders, pre-eclampsia or mental disorders such as schizophrenia.
Brain Damage During Labor And Delivery
A number of conditions may cause birth asphyxia, or lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain and other organs at the time of birth. These may include:
- Insufficient oxygen in the mother’s blood before or during birth
- Placental abruption, where the placenta separates from the uterus too soon
- Long or difficult delivery
- Strangulation by the umbilical cord during delivery
- Serious infection in the mother or baby
- High or low blood pressure in the mother
- Malformation or blockage of the baby’s airway
Research by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke indicates that delivery complications such as birth asphyxia account for severe CP in 5 to 10 percent of newborns.
What Parents Should Do
If your baby has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you need to figure out what caused it. If there is evidence that unreasonable medical care during pregnancy or delivery by the hospital, or by a doctor or another health care professional, was to blame you may be entitled to compensation. The standard of care may have been breached by the following:
- Failing to treat or prevent infection in the mother or baby during pregnancy, labor or delivery
- Failing to consider, recommend or execute a cesarean section in a timely manner in an unusually long or difficult labor
- Failing to properly monitor the baby’s vital signs and respond quickly to fetal distress
Seek immediate legal assistance. At Crandall & Pera Law, we investigate claims thoroughly, so you know whether or not a viable case exists for medical negligence. Our experienced birth injury attorneys work closely with registered nurses. Our attorneys also started their careers working for the defense and are able to look at claims from multiple perspectives. We are widely acknowledged for our skills in the courtroom as evidenced by our past results for clients.
Here To Help
We are here to provide an in-depth evaluation and comprehensive counsel if you have concerns about a birth injury. Please call 855-444-6651 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation with a passionate lawyer. We have convenient office locations across Ohio and Kentucky.