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The hopes of expecting parents can be shattered when something goes wrong in the delivery room. Cerebral palsy and other birth injuries are devastating blows to any family, especially when they occur due to the negligence of the medical staff you trusted to bring your child safely into the world.
If you suspect medical malpractice resulted in your child developing cerebral palsy, please call Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter today at (855) 880-4741 for a free review of your case. Our Orlando attorneys serve families affected by birth injury throughout Florida and the entire United States.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
A cerebral palsy diagnosis can encompass multiple disorders or disabilities caused by damage to the brain when it is still developing. The trauma often occurs during pregnancy or birth.
Many children with cerebral palsy suffer developmental delays in infancy and early childhood. Symptoms can vary significantly but might include:
- Difficulty with walking, crawling, standing or sitting up, and other movement
- Abnormalities in muscle tone
- Motor skill impairments
- Spastic reflexes
- Poor balance and posture
- Speech problems
- Trouble eating or swallowing
- Intellectual and developmental disability
Patients with cerebral palsy might also suffer from chronic pain in addition to these physical and mental challenges. Because the diagnosis of this condition usually comes early in life and there is no cure, cerebral palsy often represents a lifetime of hardship for patients and their families.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy
There are a variety of factors that could increase the likelihood of cerebral palsy. Tragically, preventable medical malpractice can account for many of these factors, including:
- Oxygen deprivation during birth
- Untreated infection in the mother
- Delay or failure to perform a C-section
- Insufficient monitoring of the fetus
- Failure to respond appropriately to breech birth, multiple fetuses, and other complicating events
- Misuse of forceps, vacuum extractor, and other birthing equipment
- Prolonged or difficult delivery
More than one of the medical providers who cared for a mother and child before, during, and after birth could be liable for these errors. Our Orlando attorneys will investigate all of the staff members involved, including doctors, nurses, obstetricians, and others, in order to build your case.
Damages in a Cerebral Palsy Case
The hardships a family faces after a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy can be immense. The amount of compensation you and your loved ones could recover will depend on the specific nature of your case.
Generally, families impacted by cerebral palsy might be entitled to damages such as:
- Medical bills and long-term care costs
- Modifications to the home, family vehicle, and adaptive devices
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of anticipated income
- Diminished relationship between child and parents (loss of consortium)
If you suspect your child suffered harm as a result of negligence during birth, our Orlando cerebral palsy attorneys can provide not just qualified legal guidance but compassionate counsel through every stage of your case. Birth injury cases can be complicated but our lawyers have the experience to handle these complex claims on your family’s behalf.
For a free consultation, please call Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter at (855) 880-4741 today.