Chicago Cerebral Palsy Lawyers
Having a new baby is an exciting time. Your family is expanding and who knows what wonderful potential the future holds. One of the most devastating blows to this special time is learning that your child has an incurable neurological disorder like cerebral palsy. Even more devastating is finding out that it was caused by a preventable mistake made by a trusted medical professional. If your child or loved one has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and the disorder has been caused by a medical professional’s negligence during birth, you may have a malpractice claim. We recommend consulting with a medical malpractice law firm as soon as possible.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a collection of lifelong neurological disorders appearing in infancy or early childhood. Three of the most common types of cerebral palsy are spastic, athetoid, and ataxic. Eighty percent of cerebral palsy cases are spastic cerebral palsy, and are largely characterized by stiffness and difficulty moving. Cerebral palsy affects movement and muscle coordination and is caused by damage to the parts of the brain that control muscle movements. This brain damage is generally understood to be caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain (hypoxia) or to the body (asphyxia). Cerebral palsy due to birth injury is when oxygen deprivation happens during childbirth. Not every case of cerebral palsy is due to medical malpractice, but these common errors are often linked to it.
Medical Errors That May Cause Cerebral Palsy
- Failure to detect or treat an infection in the mother during pregnancy.
- Failure to appropriately monitor fetal vital signs, such as heart rate and oxygen levels, before and during labor and childbirth.
- Inappropriate delay before performing a necessary c-section for any reason, including failing to plan appropriately for one even though possible complications were already known.
- Negligence in using medical instruments during delivery like vacuum or forceps.
There are a number of other ways that may help to determine if your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by a medical mistake, including:
- Delivery with forceps or by a c-section that was unplanned before labor.
- Necessary resuscitation after birth
- Special testing after birth
- Seizures after birth
- Requiring oxygen after birth
- Scoring low on the Apgar scale after birth
Learn How Our Chicago Cerebral Palsy Lawyers Can Make a Difference
Cerebral palsy is a lifelong diagnosis that is often extremely painful and expensive to manage. Profoundly disabled sufferers may require multiple surgeries, physical and occupational therapies, lifelong assistance of aids and devices, and a host of medications to relax muscles, ease pain, or prevent seizures. Although some people have only mild cerebral palsy, having a lifelong disability to any extent is never a light burden to carry. If you think your child’s cerebral palsy may have been caused by a doctor’s error, we’re here to help.
A birth injury medical malpractice claim is particularly difficult and brings with it complex questions of liability. Our experienced Chicago birth injury attorneys are ready to evaluate your case and diligently investigate all the facts surrounding it. Please don’t hesitate to call us at , medical malpractice claims have very short statutes of limitations (the window to initiate legal action), and the clock is always ticking.