Cerebral palsy is tragically common, and in many cases, it could have been wholly preventable. It occurs when your baby’s brain sustains an injury or a malformation of their developing brain, and this injury in turn negatively affects the motor skills and intellectual ability of your child. Cerebral palsy is regarded as the number one leading motor disorder in this country, with up to 4 every 1,000 live births resulting in it. While the majority of cases of cerebral palsy occur due to damage that occurred before your little one was born, between 10 to 15 percent of cases can occur during childbirth or in the first month following the delivery of your baby.
Depending on the extent of the damage, the degree of cognitive or motor impairment may vary. Cerebral palsy can manifest in a variety of ways, such as:
- Poor muscle control and coordination
- Difficulty swallowing, talking, and eating
- Cognitive impairment
- Inability to walk unassisted
- Poor muscle tone
- Struggle with balance
In many cases, cerebral palsy could have been prevented, sparing you a lifetime of heartache, uncertainty, and massive medical debt. Nearly 1 in 10 cases of this disorder are directly caused by medical malpractice, and 20 percent of these cases occur during delivery. Even if the doctor did not actively, directly harm you or your child during development or delivery, they could still be responsible for your child’s cerebral palsy. It is absolutely the doctor’s responsibility to diagnose any problems before childbirth that could lead to cerebral palsy, such as any congenital or genetic issues that may arise.
If the mother develops an infection during her pregnancy, and the doctor fails to properly treat that infection, that makes the doctor responsible for her child’s cerebral palsy. What if the mother gets sick and the doctor prescribes medicine that can cause birth defects like cerebral palsy? It happens far more than you might think, sadly.
Many people go to the hospital expecting a smooth delivery that results in a happy, smiling, drooling baby in their arms. When a doctor fails to give you the standard of care that you expect and deserve, such failing to detect complications during labor or not ensuring you get necessary procedures that you need during your labor and delivery, they are to blame for your child’s cerebral palsy. Prolonged labor, forceps damage, fetal distress, and problems with the umbilical cord cutting off oxygen can lead to this devastating disorder – anoxia can cause permanent damage in mere minutes.
Even failing to order diagnostic tests that could let them know there is a concern with your baby’s wellbeing can be a huge red flag for malpractice and shows that your doctor did not have you or your baby’s best interests in mind.
Research strongly demonstrates that caring for a child with cerebral palsy is ten times more expensive than caring for a child with no such disorder, and medical care and costs for raising a child with cerebral palsy easily exceeds $1 million dollars. Who is going to pay for all of that? If you ask me, I’m going to tell you point blank: not you. That is not your burden to shoulder. If you suspect that your child’s cerebral palsy is due to medical malpractice, then you need to call me right now at 1 (877) 944-4373 for a free initial consultation. I will make sure that you will get every single penny that you are owed for your pain and suffering at no cost to you; I work on a contingency basis, which means that I won’t get paid unless you do.
Don’t worry about how you’re going to be able to get ahold of me. I’ll give you my personal cell phone number so you can reach out to me any hour, day or night, and you better believe that I will answer. And forget feeling like you have to drive halfway across the state to find me. I’ll come to you. I’ve met clients at the hospital, at coffee shops, and even in their own homes. Helping reduce your stress and anxiety is my pleasure.
Big hospitals or small hospitals, it doesn’t matter. I’ll fight tirelessly as your advocate to make sure you get justice. I have nearly 40 years of experience serving the greater Cleveland, Ohio, area and I take on Big Cases with Big Results. If your precious little bundle of joy has been harmed due to the neglect and carelessness of corrupt or lazy doctors, I’ll face them on your behalf – and I’ll Make Them Pay!®.
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