Cerebral Palsy Lawyers: Was Your Child’s Disability Preventable?
Cerebral Palsy lawyers at the F&A law firm note that cerebral palsy is one of the most common childhood disabilities in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
“1 in 323 children has been identified with Cerebral Palsy.“
While each individual case varies, Cerebral Palsy lawyers specialize in medical malpractice. They can help determine if the disability was preventable due to medical negligence.
Not all cases of Cerebral Palsy are preventable, but a study conducted by U.S. National Library of Medicine concluded that in 38% of the cases they evaluated, the patients disabilities were directly related to inappropriate care.
In many cases, the disability may be prevented with early detection of complications, and effective medical treatment during pregnancy and childbirth. Some of the most common causes of Cerebral Palsy include:
- Failure to properly treat infection during pregnancy.
- A prolapsed umbilical cord that goes undetected.
- Improper use of instruments during delivery.
- Failure to properly monitor fetal heart rate.
- Delaying or not performing a c-section.
Cerebral Palsy is a disability that directly affects brain development and the ability to control muscles. There is no cure and the disability can greatly affect a child’s quality of life. Symptoms in patients with this disability varies by individual. However, in severe cases, a child may require lifelong therapy and care, resulting in high medical costs throughout their life span.
The laws surrounding medical malpractice are complicated. However, a professional who specializes in this area of law can help. For more information, or if you suspect your child’s disability is due to medical malpractice contact us.