Despite being highly trained professionals, health care providers can still make mistakes during the delivery process. If you believe a medical mistake directly lead to your child’s cerebral palsy you are entitled to justice and compensation. The Snyder Law Group, LLC, is committed to helping you and your family hold those responsible for your child’s injury accountable.
Many medical mistakes made during childbirth can result in cerebral palsy. Here are just a few examples:
- The child remains in the birth canal too long, resulting in a lack of oxygen.
- A failure to recognize and properly treat seizures following a child’s delivery.
- Failure to identify and address a prolapsed umbilical cord.
- Using forceps improperly and excessive vacuum extraction.
- Failure to perform a cesarean section (C-section) when fetal distress arises.
- Inability to respond to the mother’s conditions as they change
- Inability to respond to any changes that occur in the fetal heart rate
- Failure to diagnose and employ proper treatment for jaundice in a timely manner
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of chronic conditions that can hinder movement, motor skills, and coordination of the muscles. Damage to specific areas of the brain during fetal development, infancy, or before, during, or after the birthing process can result in CP.
The symptoms of cerebral palsy manifests within the first few years of a child’s life but do not progress over time. Damage to the parts of the brain that control movement and posture cause irregularities in the brain’s functioning that make it difficult for individuals with CP to perform tasks others take for granted.
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms of cerebral palsy vary from person to person, but the brain trauma associated with the condition render a person unable to utilize certain muscles in a normal fashion. Common examples include lack of fine motor skills and balance, spastic movements, and speech impediments. Some CP patients may experience seizures or mental handicaps.
Research and Treatments for CP
Despite extensive research on the condition for over a century, cerebral palsy is incurable even as research on the causes and treatment methods continues. People with cerebral palsy are able to lead productive lives through the help of treatment focused on education, therapy, and applied technology.
Despite medical advances the rate of CP births has not slowed, and an estimated 500,000 Americans suffer from the condition. If severe birth injuries lead to cerebral palsy in your child, call the Snyder Law Group for a free, no-obligation case consultation.