What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a chronic medical condition caused by damage to a developing brain. This is one of the most common and debilitating birth injuries resulting from medical malpractice. The condition arises from a difficult labor or delivery that leads to bleeding, lack of oxygen, head trauma, or other injury to a newborn child.
Some specific causes of cerebral palsy because of birth injury include:
- The physician waiting too long before performing a C-Section
- The physician failing to diagnose fetal distress during labor
- The fetal monitor strips were interpreted incorrectly
- Being given too much Pitocin
- Failure of the physician to refer mothers with a high-risk pregnancy to a specialist
- Failure to have a pediatrician present during birth
Cerebral palsy is generally diagnosed before a child reaches three years of age. Currently there is no cure for cerebral palsy. However, it can be managed with diligent health care. We want to help ensure that your child receives every potentially beneficial therapy, mobility aid, and communicative assistance that modern medicine can provide.
Possible signs of the condition include:
- Child is easily startled
- Poor head control
- Excessive stiffness or limpness
- Difficulty sucking and feeding
- Delays in motor development
Contact the personal injury attorneys of Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner today at 808-537-2525. We can help.