It is possible a preventable birth injury caused your child’s cerebral palsy.
Latona Law has been representing victims of catastrophic injuries in Pennsylvania for over 30 years. If your child is newborn, or born less than 20 years ago, we will fully investigate your case with no costs or fees to you until we get justice. Conditions such as cerebral palsy that were caused by birth injuries during pregnancy, difficult delivery or emergency c-sections may have been prevented if treated appropriately. Our medical malpractice attorneys specialize in birth injury cases and will fight to get you the compensation needed for a lifetime of financial struggle
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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
Indicators CP 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
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.
Over $40,000,000 recovered for victims of medical malpractice.