Did Your Child Suffer From Cerebral Palsy Due to Medical Malpractice?

Cerebral Palsy is one of the most common motor disabilities among children – approximately 10,000 infants are born with CP each year. The term is used to describe multiple conditions that impair one’s movement and motor functions, and possible cognitive impairments as well.

Those whose child has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy also wonder who was at fault, and find themselves spending hours searching for answers. Many are concerned with the number of medical bills that pile up and the long-term care that follows.

If you or a loved one suffers from cerebral palsy due to a birth injury that was not your fault, call the experienced Boston, Massachusetts medical malpractice lawyers at the Attorney Injury Group at 617-934-7000 for help. We will investigate your accident and injury claim, and work to seek the justice and the compensation you deserve.

Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers will fight to make sure that you receive the best medical treatment and help get those injured the compensation they deserve following an accident. We will make sure to hold the negligent party accountable and will fight for you.

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Each case of CP is different and not all are a result of medical malpractice. The level of severity depends greatly on the timing of the injury. Below is a breakdown of the top causes:

  • After birth injuries – 10%
  • Birth injuries – 20%
  • Prenatal injuries – 70%

There are multiple ways a child’s brain can become damaged hindering healthy development early on, including:

  • Asphyxiation – this is a lack of oxygen to the brain and can result in severe damage to the baby during birth.
  • Blunt trauma – a brain injury during or directly following a birth can cause CP. Head injuries can occur during labor or shortly after.
  • Brain hemorrhage – if the baby undergoes a brain hemorrhage – abnormal brain bleeding caused by a ruptured vessel – the baby can suffer serious damage to the motor control centers in the brain.
  • Infection during pregnancy – an infection can be passed from the mother to the fetus and becomes most dangerous within the first few weeks after conception.
  • Jaundice – severe untreated jaundice is caused by an excess bilirubin – a chemical pigment that results in yellowing of the skin – if it is left untreated it can turn fatal.

In congenital cerebral palsy damage to the brain occurred prior to birth, and in acquired cerebral palsy brain damage was acquired more than 28 days before birth by either infection or injury.

The cases where a physician or health care provider failed to provide proper care include:

  • Delay in performing an emergency cesarean section
  • Failure to detect or treat infections
  • Failure to identify a prolapsed umbilical cord
  • Failure to monitor the child’s fetal heart rate prior to birth or labor
  • Failure to plan and schedule a cesarean section surgery

Let our team of dedicated and compassionate birth injury attorneys fight to get you the answers you are looking for and the compensation you need.

The Attorney Injury Group will fight aggressively to protect your rights. If you or a loved one suffers from cerebral palsy, call the experienced medical malpractice attorneys in Boston at the Attorney Injury Group for help. Call us today at 617-934-7000 for a FREE, confidential consultation. When you call our experienced Massachusetts personal injury lawyers, we will investigate every detail of your accident at no cost to you.

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