Medical malpractice may have caused your child’s ataxic cerebral palsy
Unfortunately, medical mistakes are the cause of thousands of cerebral palsy cases and brain injuries. Doctors and nurses caring for the mother and child are responsible for providing safe and effective care before, during and after birth. When proper procedure is not followed, and the standard of care is broken, permanent brain damage to a child can occur, sometimes leading to cerebral palsy.
Ataxic cerebral palsy is characterized by ataxia or damage to the cerebellum. While this is the least common form of cerebral palsy, it is one of the most commonly found in cases of medical malpractice or negligence. Since most diagnoses doesn’t occur until 18-24 months after birth, it can be difficult know whether or not your child’s injury is a result of malpractice.
But our experienced team of lawyers will work round the clock to determine whether there is a case for malpractice and investigate what could have been done to prevent the birth injury. By doing this, we not only provide you with compensation for your child’s injuries, but also prevent future injuries as a result of the same negligence or medical malpractice.
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Medical Mistakes that can cause ataxic cerebral palsy
- Leaving a child in the birth canal too long causing a lack of oxygen to the brain
- Failure to recognize and treat seizures following delivery
- Failure to detect a prolapsed cord
- Excessive use of vacuum extraction
- Excessive use of Pitocin to induce labor
- Failure to perform a C-section in the presence of fetal distress
- Not responding to changes in the fetal heart rate
- Failure to plan a C-section given the existence of risk factors
- Failure to timely diagnose and treat jaundice
- Failure to timely diagnose and treat sepsis and meningitis
Indicators cerebral palsy may have been caused by medical error
- Emergency delivery with forceps, vacuum extraction, or emergency C-section
- Your child required resuscitation (CPR) after birth (your child may have been born appearing bluish)
- Following delivery, your child was transferred to a different hospital, or spent time in the NICU
- Your child had seizures immediately or shortly after birth
- Your child required special testing after birth, such as an MRI, or brain sac
- Your child required oxygen to facilitate breathing after birth
- Your child had low A.P.G.A.R. Score at birth
$20,000,000 recovered for victims of birth injury in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties alone.
For victims who suffered a birth injury due to medical negligence in Luzerne, Lackawanna and surrounding counties.