Cerebral Palsy Lawyers in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Did a birth injury cause cerebral palsy?
Latona Law Birth Injury Lawyers are specialized in sensitive medical negligence cases where a catastrophic injury to an infant during pregnancy, difficult delivery, or emergency c-section led to cerebral palsy. If your child is newborn up to 20 years old, contact us for a free consultation, and should we proceed there are no costs or fees until we get justice.
Experienced CP attorneys to help you get the answers you deserve.
Conditions like cerebral palsy, when caused by birth injuries due to medical negligence, may have been prevented if treated appropriately. This is why every birth injury deserves to be investigated. Latona Law has been investigating and defending birth injury victims in Pennsylvania for over 15 years and has helped recover more than $20 million.
Indicators Medical error may have caused CP:
Emergency delivery with forceps, vacuum extraction, or c-section
Child required resuscitation (CPR) after birth (may have been born appearing bluish)
Following delivery, your child was transferred to a different hospital, or spent time in the NICU
Seizures immediately or shortly after birth
Special testing after birth, such as an MRI, or brain sac
Child required oxygen to facilitate breathing after birth
- Low A.P.G.A.R. Score at birth
Medical Errors that can cause 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
Cerebral Palsy Overview
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that appear early in childhood. The disorders can range from mild to severe. Cerebral Palsy is caused by damage to the brain and can be manifested both physically and intellectually.
Physical impairments may include movement, balance and posture. Legs, arms and facial muscles may be affected. All or some of the limbs may be involved. Intellectual impairments may include an inability to think or learn at an age appropriate level.
Speech, reading, writing and communication may also be affected. Seizures, vision and hearing, eating and developmental delays can also occur. Movement, balance and posture are also often affected by Cerebral Palsy. Most often injury to the child’s brain occurs during pregnancy, during childbirth, or shortly after childbirth.
Malpractice Cases for
While Cerebral Palsy is not usually preventable, there are situations where it could have been prevented. Doctors, nurses, or other caregivers may not have properly identified, monitored, or treated symptoms late in the pregnancy, during delivery, or while the baby was still at the hospital. This could be medical negligence and it deserves to be investigated.
Unfortunately, medical mistakes are the cause of thousands of cerebral palsy and brain injuries. Families can recover compensation past, present, and future benefits if it is proven in court that doctors, nurses, or other caregivers were negligent in caring for the mother and child. 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.