Common Causes of CP Birth Injuries
If your child shows symptoms of cerebral palsy within the first three years after birth, the first step you should take is to consult a medical specialist. If a physician gives a firm diagnosis, your child has a better chance of overcoming developmental disabilities when treatment begins as soon as possible. There is no doubt that a diagnosis like this also delivers a heavy burden upon the family for long-term care and medical expenses. Cerebral palsy birth injuries are often the result of mistakes made by the hospital, nurses, doctors or other healthcare professional during the labor and birth process. However, this can't be an automatic assumption, and it is advisable to retain the services of an established Atlanta law firm to evaluate the circumstances of the birth. If medical malpractice did occur, you and your child have a right to financial compensation from the negligent practitioners. While it won't change the fact that your child faces a life of disability, it will ease the financial burden associated with care and treatment.
The Georgia cerebral palsy lawyers at Grant Law Office, are legal advocates dedicated to personal injury victims. They are compassionate and experienced, and they have the knowledge and resources necessary for complex medical malpractice cases. After reviewing the associated medical records, they give you an honest assessment of any potential claim.
Cerebral palsy usually occurs during delivery and results from hypoxia, which is a lack of oxygen to the brain, or asphyxia, which is a lack of oxygen to the body, premature delivery or trauma during the birthing process. The first step in the review is to establish causation, whether or not the cerebral palsy birth injuries occurred due to a medical professional's mistake or natural causes for which there is no fault. If medical malpractice played a part, common causes include these:
- A failure to detect and properly treat infections in the mother during pregnancy
- A failure to appropriately monitor fetal heart rate before and during the labor and birth process
- A failure to detect a displacement of the umbilical cord
- A failure to determine if the baby is too large for a natural birth so that a caesarean section procedure ("C-section") needed to be planned and scheduled
- A failure to perform, or a delay in performing a C-section
- A failure to use instruments correctly in performing a delivery, or a negligent or avoidable mistake made with the use of instruments during a delivery
CP occurs because of brain damage from other factors, as well, where liability might lie outside of medical malpractice or where there may be no liability. For instance, cerebral palsy might be the result of child abuse, a car accident, a fall, bacterial meningitis or viral encephalitis.
Learning that your young child is developmentally disabled and facing the daunting task of moving forward is stressful. It is natural to want to know whether the medical professionals you entrusted the birth of your child to made mistakes. It is one thing if the birth injuries stemmed from natural causes. However, it's quite another if professional negligence caused the injuries, and the financial burden should not be left to you and your family to shoulder alone.
Contact the lawyers at Grant Law Office, and schedule a time to talk to us. You will find the attorneys and staff to be knowledgeable, compassionate and willing to stand with you should it be necessary to pursue a medical malpractice claim.
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