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Cerebral palsy is often the result of medical malpractice during childbirth. The lack of oxygen to a child's brain during labor can lead to cerebral palsy, which is a neurological disorder that hinders body movement and muscle coordination. If your child is suffering from cerebral palsy, you need to take the immediate steps required to determine if their condition is the direct result of medical malpractice during birth. The first step is to contact a Philadelphia birth injury lawyer at our firm.

What Causes Cerebral Palsy?

  • Failing to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord
  • Delaying to perform a cesarean section procedure
  • Neglectful use of medical instruments, such as forceps and vacuum during delivery
  • Failing to detect or treat infections in the mother during pregnancy
  • Failing to monitor the fetus' heart rate before and during labor
  • Adverse side effects from surgery or medications
  • 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.

Who can file a cerebral palsy claim?

The parents or legal guardians of the injured infant are typically the ones who can file the claim against the responsible individual or party. Although some state’s statute of limitations allow people to file their own lawsuit when they’re 18, it’s highly recommended that parents file a claim when the victim is an infant – should the statute of limitations expire by the time the infant becomes an adult, they will not be able to pursue legal action for any damages.

Damages in a Cerebral Palsy Claim

Children who are diagnosed with cerebral palsy require long-term medical care and assistance. Because there is currently no cure for cerebral palsy, any cost of treatment will be lifelong.

Compensation can cover for things such as:

  • Medical care
  • Occupational and physical therapy
  • Home accommodations
  • Special education costs
  • Emotional pain and suffering

Seeking Legal Compensation With A Cerebral Palsy Claim?

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.

At Shrager, Spivey & Sachs, our experienced Philadelphia birth injury attorneys can help you win the compensation you need to care for your child by filing a medical malpractice claim against the responsible medical party. We will do everything possible to help your child receive the monetary compensation needed for continuous medical care and other necessary services after a birth injury.

Why should you choose to hire our firm to handle your case? Consider the following reasons:

  • Our firm has more than 80 years of experience in handling medical malpractice cases.
  • Our lawyers are AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.
  • Our firm has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America®.

Contact Shrager, Spivey & Sachs And Get Started Today!

We realize that taking legal action as a parent on behalf of your child can lead to many questions and concerns. To set your mind at ease, we can review the details of your case during a free evaluation to determine if medical malpractice played a role in causing cerebral palsy in your child. Our goal is to make the claims-filing process as easy as possible.

If your child or a loved one has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, please contact us as soon as possible.
We are here to help.