Cerebral Palsy can be caused by damage to an infant’s developing
brain before, during or after birth. Many infants born with cerebral palsy
sustain injuries before birth, but some may occur in the delivery room.
A large number of birth injuries, such as the injuries that cause cerebral
palsy, can be avoided with diligent medical care. Preventable birth injuries
may be caused by:
- Improper uses of delivery instruments, such as forceps or vacuum extractors
- Failure to detect problems with the umbilical cord
- Undetected infections during pregnancy
- Not performing a Caesarian section delivery when medically necessary
- Adverse side effects from surgery or medications
- Neglecting heart rate monitoring during delivery
- Mismanagement of the delivery procedure
- Not treating a newborn with severe jaundice
These can inhibit normal development, deprive the fetus of oxygen, or cause
physical injury, leaving a newborn at risk for developing cerebral palsy.
Responding quickly to fetal distress can prevent many birth injuries,
but they can still occur during a chaotic delivery.
Seeking Legal Compensation
If your child has suffered a preventable birth injury that led to cerebral
palsy, you have the right to seek compensation. Cerebral palsy requires
a lifetime of treatment and care, and the costs of raising your child
can be enormous. A skilled birth injury attorney may be able to help you
prove that your child’s injury was preventable, and get you the
legal compensation you deserve. Get in touch with a birth injury lawyer
today to begin your case.
If your child suffered a preventable birth injury, and you are now faced
with the medical costs of treatment and care, contact a Philadelphia birth
injury lawyer. Shrager, Spivey & Sachs has dedicated themselves to
representing individuals injured through medical neglect or carelessness
since 1978. Contact our firm today for a free consultation about your case.