Cerebral palsy is a relatively prevalent condition, affecting 1.5 to 4 of every 1,000 live births. This is a developmental disorder which has no known cure, meaning that children born with this condition may have to face a lifetime of disability and the late reaching of developmental goals in comparison to their peers.
Did your child develop cerebral palsy shortly after birth? You may have grounds for a lawsuit to help you get compensation for your loved one. Please call the Law Offices of Mc. Cready, Garcia PC and Leet on (773)-779-9885 today for your free consultation.
In the past, it was thought that CP was a condition that developed organically. As medicine became more sophisticated it was discovered that doctors and other health professionals were directly to blame on account of negligence during pregnancy and delivery.
Cerebral palsy usually occurs when areas of the brain that control motor and muscle movement get sustain some kind of trauma. This damage is permanent, meaning that it can’t be reversed the way you fix a broken leg even after multiple surgeries.
Let’s take a look at certain scenarios that may lead to Cerebral Palsy:
- Women who attend prenatal screenings over the course of their pregnancy do so to determine that the growing fetus is on schedule with regard to health and growth. Should the mother develop an illness or infection, and if this isn’t caught and treated by the healthcare practitioner responsible for monitoring them, the infection can cross into the womb and attack the growing baby’s brain, resulting in the development of neurological disorders such as CP.
- During delivery, doctors are sometimes needed to use forceps to pry a baby out of the cervix or womb. This is acceptable if delivery is labored and if the mother is too tired to push. However, it is not OK for doctors to use an inordinate amount of force to deliver the baby since clamping forceps on the baby’s head might harm its delicate skull and lead to head trauma in vital areas of the brain.
- Delivery usually requires doctors to carefully observe the mother’s and baby’s vital signs. Negligence might lead nurses and doctors not to notice that the baby has stopped breathing, leading to a condition known as hypoxia which basically means that there is an interruption of the flow of oxygen to the baby’s brain, leading to the death of brain tissue.
The theory of respondeat superior is also on your side should you suspect negligence was what caused your child’s cerebral palsy. This legal statute holds hospitals responsible for the negligent actions of their employees if these employees were working within the scope of their duties during the time that the condition happened.
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Proving fault is not as easy as it seems since hospitals have a slew of lawyers primed to rebuff any of your allegations or claims. It is because of this that you should get in touch with us for expert help on birth injuries. We’ve handled these types of cases in the past, and we have an attentive legal team on the ready to answer all your questions as well as provide you with a free initial consultation. Please call us today at (773)-779-9885 for more information on birth injury in Chicago. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.