Lancaster Birth Injury Lawyer
It is essential to recognize that birth injuries can be caused by natural factors without any negligence. However, unfortunately, it is often the case that the injury could have been prevented altogether or made less severe with timely and appropriate actions by the health care providers. Where a birth injury was caused by others’ negligence, our injury attorneys will assist you in recovering appropriate damages. The highly specialized care, therapy, and the challenges of raising a child injured at birth involve substantial amounts of money, an understanding of the condition and its limitations. It also calls for patience and love.
Our birth injury lawyers will make sure that you are justly compensated so that you can give full and proper attention to your child. Our able, Lancaster, PA lawyers can help you understand all of your legal options. To determine whether or not you have a personal injury case please complete our online personal injury case form and one of our personal injury attorneys will personally contact you promptly.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement or coordination caused by an abnormality in the brain. About two children out of every thousand born in this country have some type of cerebral palsy. Our Pennsylvania attorneys have found that at least 5,000 infants and toddlers and 1,200-1,500 preschoolers are diagnosed with cerebral palsy each year. Although children with very mild cerebral palsy occasionally recover by the time they are school-aged, the condition is usually a lifelong disability affecting the central nervous system. More than 80% of people with cerebral palsy developed it before they were born or before they were one month old. In many instances, it is not known exactly what caused the condition, however, there are many ways in which the negligence of a hospital delivery team can cause cerebral palsy during the birthing process.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
As discussed, cerebral palsy can occur as a birth injury caused by the negligence of the hospital staff. Cerebral palsy may occur during pregnancy, during delivery or during the newborn period. There are many possible causes of cerebral palsy; the following are some of the more common causes or contributing factors.
- Specific types of viruses contracted during pregnancy, including group B streptococcus, rubella, herpes, toxoplasmosis and others.
- Failure to do a caesarean section or to do one in a timely manner.
- Failure to act soon enough when:
Mother Experienced Excess Bleeding
Labor did not progress and took too long
Mother’s blood pressure got too high
- Administration of too much Pitocin or other medications during pregnancy and the birthing process.
- Failure to diagnose fetal distress (the baby was having problems during labor)
- Dystocia- the baby was in the birthing canal for too long because of its size or position.
What are the Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy?
In most cases, impaired movement and other problems associated with cerebral palsy affect what a child is able to learn and do to varying degrees throughout his/her life. Symptoms of cerebral palsy range in severity. An individual with cerebral palsy may have difficulty with fine motor tasks, such as writing or cutting with scissors; experience trouble maintaining balance and walking; or have involuntary movements, such as uncontrollable writhing motion of the hands. About half the people who have cerebral palsy need to use devices such as braces, walkers or wheelchairs to help them get around. Almost 70% have other disabilities such as mental retardation. The symptoms differ from person to person and may even change over time in the individual. Depending on their symptoms, an individual may need assistive devices, specialized medical care, educational and social services and other help for the rest of their lives.
All of the causes above and more have the potential to interfere with the proper development of the nervous system or the potential to interfere with the delivery of oxygen or nutrition to the brain of the fetus or newborn baby. The severity of cerebral palsy in each child depends upon the section of the brain affected. Specifically, the damage results from inadequate blood flow to the brain and/or inadequate concentrations of oxygen in brain tissue. We understand the trauma and plight of the parents whose kids suffer from this order. A family feels broken emotionally as well as financially. It is important to seek the help of an experienced Pennsylvania cerebral palsy lawyer to act as your advocate during this highly emotional time in your life.