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Cerebral palsy is often the outcome of errors committed by a doctor, nurse or other medical practitioner during childbirth. When your child is diagnosed with this condition, you can expect a lifetime of care and significant medical expenses.
If you suspect your child's cerebral palsy was caused by mistakes made by medical professionals, contact a knowledgeable birth injury lawyer to evaluate the circumstances of your potential legal case.
The Atlanta cerebral palsy lawyers at the Tyrone Law Firm, PC have extensive experience handling cases involving cerebral palsy caused at birth by negligent medical practitioners throughout Georgia. That's why we have such a strong track record of success.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a muscle disorder caused by damage to the brain. Such brain injuries can occur as a result of oxygen deprivation or trauma to the unborn baby's brain. Depending on the severity of a child's cerebral palsy, they might have complete or partial paralysis in certain parts of their body.
There are several different types of cerebral palsy. Some of the most common forms of cerebral palsy are:
- Ataxic cerebral palsy (problems walking or moving)
- Athetoid cerebral palsy (involuntary movements)
- Spastic cerebral palsy (problems moving due to stiff muscles)
Cerebral palsy is the result of disruptions in brain development. In most cases, cerebral palsy occurs before a child is born or during delivery. It is often a result of the following medical conditions:
- Hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain)
- Premature delivery
- Prolonged delivery
- Trauma during the birthing process
In many cases, there are warning signs that something could be wrong and a child could be born with cerebral palsy. Such warning signs and risk factors include:
- Preexisting medical conditions with pregnant mother, including:
- Infections (sepsis, zika, etc.)
- Sexually transmitted diseases (syphilis, herpes)
- Cytomegalovirus (flu-like virus)
- Medical conditions involving the fetus, including:
- Abnormal fetal position
- Larger than normal fetus size (macrosomia)
- Viral infections
- After the birth of the child, risk factors include:
- Bacterial meningitis
- Untreated jaundice
- Viral encephalitis
Experienced doctors know to look for these warning signs that something could be wrong. As a result, many physicians choose to perform a cesarean section (C-section) to deliver the baby instead of a traditional vaginal birth. Or the doctor may prescribe certain medications or treatment to the pregnant mother or newborn baby.
Unfortunately, not all doctors notice such warning signs. Or if they do, they don't react quickly enough to such serious situations. As a result, some children develop cerebral palsy.
If you believe your child's cerebral palsy is the result of medical malpractice, your family may be entitled to financial compensations from the negligent medical practitioner. The first step is to determine the cause: whether or not the injuries occurred due to the error of a medical practitioner or natural causes.
Common forms of medical malpractice that might lead to cerebral palsy include failure to detect a displacement of the umbilical cord, failure to properly monitor fetal heart rate before and during labor and birthing process, and failure to perform a C-section when necessary.
If you believe your child is a victim of medical malpractice, contact the Tyrone Law Firm, PC today. Our Atlanta law firm has extensive experience dealing with cerebral palsy cases throughout Georgia. We think long-term here. Not just about the verdict or settlement we can obtain for you, but how our law firm can help your family for years to come.
You're more than just a client to us. You're family. And our family at our law firm cares and advocates for families with children with cerebral palsy. Find out how we can help you. Tell us your story. Call our law firm today.
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