Cerebral Palsy Lawyers in Baltimore
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While the birth of your child is a joyous and momentous occasion, it can also be extremely devastating if your child is injured during labor and delivery. Cerebral palsy is an incredibly serious and dangerous health concern, most commonly the result of medical malpractice at or around the time of childbirth. Also known as CP, this medical condition can have significant and lifelong consequences for your child and your family.
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, contact Brown & Barron immediately! We want to help ensure that you don’t endure these difficulties and challenges without the legal counsel, care, and representation you deserve.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is an injury that damages the brain, including the parts that are responsible for motor control, coordination, and balance. While cerebral palsy can have adverse affects on the child's entire body, it can also be limited to one limb or one side of the body.
For many parents, hearing that their child has cerebral palsy is one of the more difficult things to experience. This is a situation that can present a lifetime of obstacles which most people have never thought about or experienced before. We encourage you to reach out to our Baltimore cerebral palsy lawyers at (410) 698-1717 for legal guidance during this difficult time. We are here to help you understand your options and help your child receive the long-term care they need.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy typically occurs due to a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain, or trauma to the head. In the most cases, cerebral palsy is caused by prenatal injuries to the infant. However, in 20% of cases, cerebral palsy is caused during the actual birth, with 10% of injuries occurring after the birth. This means 70% of cases involving cerebral palsy are most likely caused by failure to monitor or other issues that arise during pregnancy.
Understanding some of the common causes of cerebral palsy can be important when determining if someone is in fact accountable for the injuries sustained. In the case of cerebral palsy, the damage is mostly the result of the doctor’s negligence.
Some of the most common cause of CP include:
- Pregnancy infections: Doctors must ensure that any infections a mother has are treated effectively so they are not passed on to the baby. Both rubella and cytomegalovirus are known causes of cerebral palsy.
- Asphyxiation: If there is a lack of oxygen to the baby during the pregnancy, labor, or delivery, it may cause cerebral palsy. Doctors must work quickly if asphyxiation is identified.
- Untreated jaundice: Jaundice is a situation in which a newborn has a yellow hue to their skin and/or their eyes. This must be treated, especially in the most severe cases. This is the responsibility of the doctor, and if they fail to take action, it can be considered negligence.
Doctors must take action once they notice any sign or symptom of any kind of distress with the baby. Allowing something to persist for an extended period of time is dangerous and puts the infant at risk of developing a serious condition such as cerebral palsy.
Contact Brown & Barron for a Free Consultation!
Watching your child suffer from cerebral palsy can be absolutely heartbreaking, and the consequences of negligent medical care have the potential to emotionally, physically, and mentally traumatize both you and your baby. At Brown & Barron, LLC, we know there is no way to turn back time and provide your child with the health and future that he or she deserves. However, our Baltimore cerebral palsy attorneys can help ease the situation in any way possible, including obtaining compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as your child’s past and future medical expenses.
Call our firm at (410) 698-1717 today to learn more about what legal options you may have.
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