The birth of a child is one of the most joyous occasions a family experiences.
When something goes wrong and that new baby is injured, it can be absolutely
Birth injuries can range from extremely minor injuries to serious lifelong conditions like
cerebral palsy. If your child had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it is important
for you to understand what may have caused it and whether it could have
Causes of Cerebral Palsy
At a very basic level, cerebral palsy is caused by damage that occurs while
the brain is developing. This damage can occur during pregnancy, during
delivery, or very early in a child’s life. In some cases it is not
possible to determine what caused the damage to occur. In other cases,
however, the damage can be linked to exposure to radiation or infection
in utero, hypoxia, or birth trauma. Hypoxia and birth trauma in some cases
may be caused by a doctor’s negligent treatment of the baby or the
mother during delivery. For example, in cases where a baby is too large
or in the wrong position, if a doctor does not pursue a caesarean section
in time the baby may suffer a head injury. In other cases, the doctor
may use an inappropriate amount of pressure on the baby’s head or
neck during delivery. Use (or misuse) of certain medical devices may cause
these injuries, as well. Issues with the umbilical cord can lead to hypoxia
which ultimately can cause brain damage, as well.
How Doctors are Held Responsible
The primary tool patients have to hold doctors responsible for their negligence
is filing a medical malpractice claim. One of the key issues in these
cases, though, is that the parents often do not know exactly what caused
their child’s cerebral palsy and, even if they do know or believe
that it was something that the doctor did that caused it, they often have
no way of knowing whether the doctor acted appropriately and their child’s
condition was an unfortunate but unavoidable consequence, or whether the
doctor failed to live up to the standard of care.
That is why the attorneys at Goldstein & Hayes, PC are so passionate
about parents like you. Contact us so you can have a full, detailed conversation
with a birth injury lawyer as soon as possible after you realize there
is a problem. We handle these cases regularly and consult regularly with
medical experts in the field, and we can help you determine whether your
doctor acted appropriately in your situation. If he or she did not live
up to the standard of care, it is important that he or she be held responsible
both to prevent this from happening to another family and to make sure
that your child’s medical and personal care needs are taken care
of in the long term.
Contact Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to the negligence of your
doctor, the experienced attorneys at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. are here
to help you with your case.Contact us today for a free consultation.