The birth of a new baby is something nearly every parent anticipates with a mix of joy and apprehension. After all, bringing a new life into the world is a big undertaking. First-time parents are often especially nervous and excited, wondering if they will do everything right and manage to learn all they need to know about properly caring for their new addition.
One thing no one anticipates is having their newborn baby or toddler diagnosed with a birth injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in 323 children in the United States have cerebral palsy – the most common childhood motor disability. The CDC reports that 85 to 90 percent of cerebral palsy cases are congenital, meaning the child was born with the condition.
Furthermore, the majority of these cases occur before or during birth and are entirely preventable. If you believe your child sustained a cerebral palsy birth injury due to negligence by a hospital, nurse, or physician, it’s important to contact an attorney right away. Depending on the circumstances of your case and your child’s injury, you may be entitled to compensation that will provide lifetime care for your child.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is actually a group of neurological disorders that occur when the brain is either damaged during the birth process or develops abnormally in the womb. Children with cerebral palsy have difficulty with movement, posture, and balance. Many individuals are confined to a wheelchair.
Although cerebral palsy ranges in severity, it almost always changes a child’s quality of life, forcing them to live with diminished motor skills and reduced range of motion. In the most catastrophic cases, a child requires lifelong, round the clock care and will never talk, drink, or eat on their own.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy
It’s important to note that not all cases of cerebral palsy are caused by medical mistakes. In some cases, a baby is born with cerebral palsy due to spontaneous preterm birth or preexisting medical conditions within the mother.
In other cases, however, cerebral palsy is caused by medical negligence. These cases are especially heartbreaking because they are entirely preventable. Common causes of cerebral palsy due to medical mistakes include:
- Failure to diagnose problems with the placenta or uterus, such as uterine rupture
- Failure to monitor the mother and/or baby
- Undetected problems with the umbilical cord
- Lack of oxygen to the baby
- Head and shoulder injuries due to improperly managed shoulder dystocia and breech delivery
- Prolonged labor leading to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
- Brain hemorrhages in the baby
- Undetected infection in the mother or baby
Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, don’t wait to talk to a lawyer. The attorneys at the Klibaner Law Firm can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call the office today at (303) 863-1445 to speak to an attorney about your case.
This website has been prepared by Klibaner Law Firm for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.