Your child’s brain injury may have been preventable.
What should be a time of happiness and joy, the birth of a child, sometimes turns to tragedy. On occasion, the negligence of a physician or other healthcare provider, results in oxygen deprivation to a baby during the course of a pregnancy or labor and delivery. Often times, this is a result of the failure to timely perform a c-section. Expectant mothers can be diagnosed with conditions such as abnormally high blood pressure, placental abruption, or fetal distress, that require immediate attention, yet the performance of a c-section is unreasonably delayed. This delay could be the cause of injuries to the baby’s brain, resulting in permanent damage to the brain’s ability to control body movement and thinking. Unfortunately, this brain damage is usually permanent.
It is common for doctors to diagnose brain injury in infants as cerebral palsy, which can manifest in permanent paralysis of the arms and/or the legs. Other effects include seizures, uncontrolled movement of arms or legs, rigid arms or legs, spasticity, quadriplegia, mental retardation and other mental and physical inabilities.
From a legal perspective, it takes specialized training and experience to be able to identify cerebral palsy caused by a medical mistake as opposed to other complications of child birth. At Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso & Spier, we have extensive experience in handling birth trauma/cerebral palsy cases where we have successfully obtained substantial recoveries on behalf of brain injured children and their families. Our goal is to help our clients to provide for the expensive, life-long medical care and treatment that their children will need. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and you suspect that it may have been caused by medical malpractice, call us for a free consultation and analysis of your case.