Birth Injuries: Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls muscle movement. It is characterized by stiff muscle movement, loss of balance, uncontrollable or involuntary muscle movements, or a combination of these symptoms.
Cerebral palsy is especially traumatic because it may have been prevented with medical care. Ask yourself these questions:
- Did your doctor fail to deliver your baby within 24 hours of breaking your water?
- Did your doctor neglect to order a c-section during a long labor?
- Did your doctor fail to take your UTI or other infection seriously during your pregnancy?
- Could your doctor have prevented your baby’s preterm delivery?
Sometimes cerebral palsy occurs due to unavoidable complications during pregnancy or delivery. However, if your doctor failed to live up to the medical standard of care, thus contributing to the condition, you have the right to seek maximum compensation for your child’s lifetime of suffering.
An experienced birth injury attorney can review your situation and help determine if you have a valid medical malpractice claim. Your lawyer may consult medical professionals and other experts that you do not have access to in order to support your claim. In addition, your attorney can help ensure that insurance companies do not take advantage of your situation and offer less compensation than what you deserve.