Permanent disabilities like cerebral palsy can result from errors made by doctors, nurses, hospitals or other healthcare professionals during a pregnancy, the delivery or the first few years of a child’s life. Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition caused by serious brain damage that impairs movement, posture and other functions. Sadly, medical mistakes lead to thousands of preventable cases of cerebral palsy every year in the United States.
If your child has cerebral palsy that you suspect resulted from a healthcare professional’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover your damages. Please contact us today to speak with a qualified and compassionate medical malpractice attorney who can evaluate your case FREE of charge and help your family get the compensation you deserve for your losses and suffering.
Cerebral Palsy and Medical Malpractice
Most cases of cerebral palsy are the result of environmental or congenital factors. However, medical mistakes made during prenatal, delivery and/or post-natal care contributes to thousands of cases annually. Medical malpractice causes of cerebral palsy include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to detect and treat maternal infections
- Failure to recognize signs of distress in mother and fetus during delivery
- Failure to recognize and respond to maternal and/or fetal vital signs
- Failure to order an emergency C-section in a timely manner
- Failure to realize newborn’s air supply is cut off by umbilical cord
- Failure to diagnose and treat seizures, meningitis or jaundice
Excessive or improper use of delivery tools such as vacuum extraction can also lead to cerebral palsy. If your child has cerebral palsy and was delivered with forceps or by a cesarean section, needed to be resuscitated after birth, suffered jaundice, seizures or meningitis or required tests like an MRI or CT scan, medical malpractice may have been the cause.
Cerebral Palsy and the Law
Under medical malpractice laws, victims who have suffered at the hands of a healthcare professional’s actions or inactions have the right to seek compensation for their damages including pain and suffering, medical expenses, the cost of lifelong treatment and rehabilitation, and more. Cerebral palsy cases are extremely complex and require the skills and knowledge of a competent attorney. The medical malpractice attorneys at Injury Lawyer Omaha have extensive experience handling cerebral palsy cases and can help protect your rights and interests every step of the way. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation.