Cerebral Palsy LawyerCerebral palsy is a permanent condition which affects the brain and central nervous system of an infant or a young child. Nadrich & Cohen handles cerebral palsy cases caused by some negligence which occurred in the delivery process. The most common causes of Cerebral Palsy are as follows:
- Certain infections which occur during pregnancy
- If during the delivery there was no timely treatment for umbilical cord tightening or in response to signs of fetal distress or from pressure on the umbilical cord due to the baby being stuck in the birth canal because of the baby’s size or the position of the baby’s body or head down the birth canal (a most common cause), or, the placenta being too early sheared or torn during the delivery process and/or occlusion or prolepses of the umbilical cord;
- Complications of premature babies including abnormalities with blood pressure, circulation, heart, breathing, aspiration, temperature, jaundice, untreated seizures, etc.
- Mother’s untreated high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
- Premature aging of the placenta during pregnancy resulting in the sudden separation of the placenta from the uterus wall.
The Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen has handled numerous birth injury cases caused by negligence in the delivery process. Mistakes which we have been involved in include where doctors and hospitals improperly anticipate the child’s size during delivery resulting in a difficult delivery with too much force being applied to the infant during the birth process as a result. Other reasons injuries occurs to infants are as follows:
- Poor Use of Vacuum Extractors or Forceps
- Timely Failure to Respond to Emergencies Such as Hemorrhaging
- Refusal or Delay in Ordering a C-Section
- Placentia Abruption
- Delayed C-Section Where All Indications Were For a C-Section to be Done as soon as possible
- Difficulties in a Breech Delivery wherein the baby cannot move through the birth canal and is breeched
- Other delivery complications and lack of care immediately after birth
Cerebral Palsy LawyerThere is nothing more heart wrenching to a parent than to have a child who suffers from an incurable and devastating condition. It is even worse, when such a tragedy could have been avoided altogether.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?Sometimes referred to simply as “CP,” cerebral palsy is not exactly a disease so much as it is an umbrella term which refers to a group of physically disabling disorders related to movement. CP occurs when certain motor centers in the brain are damaged either during pregnancy, during childbirth, or in the young child under 3 years. The term is derived from Latin, with “cerebral” referring to an area of the brain called the cerebrum, and “palsy” meaning paralysis. A patient suffering from CP may have movement, sensation, depth-perception and communication problems. In daily living such basic functions as walking, talking and eating can be difficult or impossible.
Cerebral Palsy CausesIt can be very difficult to prove negligence as a factor in cerebral palsy. This is due in part to the fact that, despite great strides in brain medicine over the past several decades, much about the brain remains a mystery. Moreover, many other causes can be linked to CP, including low birth weight or premature birth causing underdevelopment of the brain, infections, genetic abnormalities, and complications during delivery. In order to prove negligence, a Birth Injury Lawyer specializing in Cerebral Palsy will need to show that the actions/inaction of medical staff before, during or after the birth directly led to the brain damage causing CP. Such brain damage generally occurs from one of several causes: trauma to the brain, a reduction in oxygen to the brain, or a reduction in blood supply to the brain. Among the medical errors that can lead to cerebral palsy are:
- Staff failed to diagnose or treat an infection or other condition.
- Staff failed to monitor the baby during delivery for signs of distress.
- The baby was not monitored adequately during the various stages of pregnancy.
- Doctors misused medical instruments during delivery, such as forceps or vacuum extractor, which caused head trauma.
- Medical staff failed to adequately diagnose/treat post-delivery conditions, such as jaundice or meningitis.
- Cost of medical treatment, physical and occupational therapy
- Cost of medical equipment
- Care in a group home
- Educational services, such as tutoring