CEREBRAL PALSY & BIRTH INJURIES
The nursery is ready, the hospital bags are packed, and now all that the expectant mother and father have to do is wait on the baby’s debut. When the long anticipated day finally arrives, there is nothing that could take away from the soon-to-be parent’s exhilaration and joy. However, if during the labor and delivery a birth injury results, both the lives of the parents and the child could be forever altered. A birth injury can result before, during, or after delivery, and birth injuries can be minor or severe. Some birth injuries heal without medical intervention or much discomfort to the child or parents. Other birth injuries have serious, life-long consequences for both the child and his or her parents.
The unfortunate truth about birth injuries is that many birth injuries are preventable. While some injuries occur to the newborn during the natural process of labor and delivery, other birth injuries are the result of negligence on behalf of the attending physicians and nurses. When a physician or nurse fails to act appropriately or provide proper treatment in emergency situations during labor and delivery and a birth injury results, the physician and/or nurse may be held liable for damages. The physician or nurse can be held liable for damages if it can be proven that the birth injury was the result of medical malpractice. Robinson & Associates offers resources and information in regard to birth injuries and medical malpractices. Parents of children with birth injuries often feel alone, confused, and may not know the process for retaining counsel and filing a malpractice claim. We can be of assistance and offer parents the reassurance they need.
Children that have suffered birth injuries a result of medical malpractice may be awarded very significant monetary compensation by the courts for their injuries. Because birth injuries can have serious and permanent affects on the lives of the affected children, children with birth injuries may require life-long medical treatment and other types of special services. This can present a great financial burden to the parents or caretakers of these children. By obtaining the financial remuneration to which these children are entitled, the parents and caretakers can ensure that the children receive all of the medical services and specialized treatment they require and are entitled to. We can help parents ensure their children receive the compensation to they are entitled to.
Some reports indicate that a lack of oxygen to the fetus is only responsible for a small number of Cerebral Palsy cases. However, birth asphyxia is cited as a known cause of Cerebral Palsy in children and is often times the result of negligent care. Whether the child was deprived of oxygen before, during or after birth seems inconsequential in light of the fact the child is now facing a lifetime of physical and/or mental limitations that could have been prevented if appropriate medical treatment had been administered. Even though it is reported that few cases of Cerebral Palsy are caused by medical malpractice, Cerebral Palsy is a high price for anyone to pay for a doctor’s mistakes or negligence. Not only is the child’s quality of life seriously impacted and his or her future compromised, but it has been estimated that the lifetime cost of caring for a child with cerebral palsy is well into the millions of dollars. The financial burden to the family and caretakers of children affected by this disabling birth injury can be overwhelming.
Approximately 10,000 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy each year. In most cases, a diagnosis is made when the child is between two and three years of age. Parents may become concerned when their child is not meeting the appropriate and expected developmental milestones. The affects of cerebral palsy vary from individual to individual, but something common to almost all individuals affected by cerebral palsy is the inability to control their movements. Some individuals with cerebral palsy experience seizures and mental retardation, while others have a normal intellect. According to statistics, only 3 in every 1000 babies born will be affected by cerebral palsy. While the odds are small that a child will be affected by cerebral palsy, the consequences are great for the few that face this lifetime struggle.
Parents of children born with Cerebral Palsy in Maryland, Washington D.C and other states, should be aware that their child’s condition could be the result of medical malpractice, irrespective of what the doctor or hospital has told you. These families may be entitled to significant monetary compensation by those responsible for their child’s birth injury. Because children with Cerebral Palsy require special medical treatment and educational services, the out-of-pocket expense to parents and caretakers can be financially devastating. For this reason, parents in Maryland, Washington D.C. or any other state that believe their child has been the victim of medical malpractice should contact the law firm of Robinson and Associates as soon as possible. We have the legal team parents need to obtain the financial assistance they deserve.