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When you select a physician for your obstetric care, you will expect that your doctor will take every necessary step to ensure your baby’s health and safety during gestation and delivery. If your physician does not provide adequate care during your pregnancy or labor, serious injuries can arise, causing long-term disabilities, such as cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is one of the most serious injuries related to medical malpractice cases involving childbirth, and it may be grounds for a lawsuit against your physician or members of the hospital staff. If you have a child who suffers from cerebral palsy, Sandra Robinson can provide the representation and litigation you need to seek financial compensation for injuries sustained by your infant. While no amount of money can reverse the emotional trauma and developmental disabilities caused by cerebral palsy, compensation can help you cover the added medical expenses of raising a child with this devastating condition.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy describes a number of neurological disorders which can be caused by a lack of oxygen reaching an infant’s brain during or shortly after birth. While cerebral palsy is not progressive and will not worsen over time, it is generally a highly disabling condition, associated with difficulties in movement, muscle coordination, and physical development.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is not always caused by medical malpractice, but errors in obstetric treatment are often associated with this condition. During your medical malpractice case to seek compensation for your child’s birth injuries, medical and legal professionals will explore the details of your care to determine whether any of the following circumstances were true in your care. Proving fault in a medical malpractice case of any type can be a complex matter, which is why it is important to seek experienced and aggressive representation to ensure a favorable outcome.
- Failure to detect and treat prenatal infections during gestation
- Inadequate fetal heart rate monitoring
- Failure to plan cesarean section when needed
- Injuries during labor, including those caused by negligence and inappropriate use of equipment
How Is Compensation Determined in Cerebral Palsy Cases?
Often, medical malpractice cases will be settled outside of court, and settlements will be determined by the extent of injuries and disabilities caused by a physician’s negligence. Compensation may cover existing medical expenses related to the injuries as well as future projected medical care costs for your child.