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Accountability When A Birth Injury Causes Cerebral Palsy

Last updated on December 4, 2023

When your child seems to be slow in reaching developmental milestones, there may be nothing wrong, they might just be a late bloomer. However, this can be an early indication of cerebral palsy. While not all birth defects could have been prevented, there are many instances when some form of negligence during childbirth actually caused the birth injury. This is frequently the case when children are born with cerebral palsy.

At the West Hartford law firm of Weinstein & Wisser, P.C., our medical malpractice attorney has more than 35 years of experience advocating for people who have suffered harm due to negligence. Our firm comprehends the many emotions you are enduring as a parent, and we are here to protect you as a client. We fight to obtain answers and pursue accountability for your child’s birth injury. Contact us for a free consultation to learn how we can help.

Understanding Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Essentially, cerebral palsy is trauma to the portions of the brain that control movement and muscle tone. People with cerebral palsy may have problems with balance or posture, may have stiff or jerky movements, and may encounter many other challenges due to their brain trauma. This type of brain damage occurs when there is insufficient oxygen getting to the brain for an extended period of time.

Did Negligence Cause The Birth Injury?

Cerebral palsy is not always caused by negligence. For example, cerebral palsy can be a risk factor for premature babies, and it can sometimes be caused if the umbilical cord becomes suddenly wrapped around the child’s neck. In order to determine if there is a valid claim for medical malpractice, it must be proven that the doctor acted negligently or below the standard of care. Negligence may have occurred during pregnancy, during labor or during delivery, including:

  • Failure to frequently review fetal heart rate monitoring during labor
  • Failure to recognize signs of fetal distress
  • Failure to perform a timely Cesarean section (c-section) when necessary
  • Other negligence

Children with cerebral palsy will likely require extensive medical treatment throughout their lives to improve and maintain conditions. Our medical malpractice attorney works with the necessary experts to assess the future medical and life care needs in order to ensure proper compensation is recovered.

We Are Ready To Help

If your child is suffering from cerebral palsy, talk with an experienced and caring lawyer at Weinstein & Wisser, P.C. Contact our West Hartford law firm for a free case evaluation by calling 860-881-2732 or reach out to us online.