The birth of your baby should be one of the happiest days of your life. There are circumstances, however, where your baby is born with injuries that could be the result of your doctor’s negligence. These instances of medical malpractice, resulting in injuries such as cerebral palsy, may require lifelong care and therapy for your child.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture caused by an injury to a developing baby’s brain, usually before birth. The signs and symptoms vary greatly with both physical and intellectual disabilities presenting.
One thing is clear: patients diagnosed with cerebral palsy will undergo a lifetime of therapy and treatments which can be costly. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, do not hesitate to call our office immediately.
Is Cerebral Palsy Caused By Medical Malpractice?
The manner in which your child’s brain was injured determines whether there is a possible medical malpractice case. Negligence by your obstetrician/gynecologist can result in your baby’s cerebral palsy if:
- Your doctor failed to properly treat maternal infections,
- There was prolonged labor and delivery with decreased oxygen to the baby’s brain,
- Your doctor failed to recommend a C-section in a timely manner,
- there was poor resuscitation and newborn care after birth.
If you believe your child’s cerebral palsy diagnosis was the result of medical malpractice, contact our office immediately. The statute of limitations on injuries of this manner is usually two years from the date of birth. Robert Messey, MD/JD and Gayle Sullivan, RN/JD will begin their medical and legal investigation into your case.