Some of the most devastating instances of medical malpractice involve birth injuries, which can lead to conditions like cerebral palsy. Brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen or a head trauma during delivery causes cerebral palsy, a permanent condition causing complications throughout the lifetime of the affected child.
If your child has been diagnosed with this condition and you suspect it was caused by a medical mistake, contact a cerebral palsy attorney with Aitken * Aitken * Cohn.
Cerebral Palsy Information
Cerebral palsy can affect a patient’s physical movement, though this is due to problems with the brain’s ability to control the body, rather than with problems in the muscles or nerves. These brain problems can also affect speech, hearing, vision and brain function. Early symptoms include delayed development and abnormal muscle tone.
A cerebral palsy lawsuit can involve any of the following four types of the condition:
- Spastic – difficult and stiff movement
- Ataxic – problems with depth perception and balance
- Athetoid – involuntary and uncontrolled movements
- Mixed – two or more of the other types
Filing a Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit
The main factor in proving a cerebral palsy lawsuit is being able to prove that medical negligence occurred before, during or after delivery that resulted in an injury.
Cerebral palsy is most often caused by an insufficient amount of oxygen or poor blood flow reaching the brain of the fetus or newborn. This can occur naturally when there is a premature separation of the placenta, an awkward birth position or interference with the umbilical cord.
However, in some cases a cerebral palsy lawsuit can involve medical malpractice where negligence resulted in a failure to anticipate these problems. This can include:
- Misreading electronic fetal monitors
- Misreading sonograms
- Delaying a C-Section during a prolonged delivery
- Improperly using a vacuum extractor
Contact a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer
If your child is born with cerebral palsy and you suspect something went wrong during delivery, a cerebral palsy attorney can help. Recovery from a cerebral palsy lawsuit may be able to help pay for medical costs, fund the cost of continuing care, and compensate you for pain and suffering. Aitken * Aitken * Cohn has been serving the needs of San Bernardino injury victims for over 30 years. Contact a San Bernardino cerebral palsy attorney today.