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Our law firm helps families handle the millions of dollars in cerebral palsy related expenses.
– Attorney Robert Wharton
Types of Birth Injuries
Some common types of permanent birth injuries include:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Brachial Plexus
- Hypoxia during delivery
- Bellʼs Palsy
- Prescription Drug Birth Defects
- Brain Injury
These injuries can often occur during delivery as a result of negligence on behalf of the doctor or other member of the healthcare team. The resulting injuries can often be catastrophic and can last a lifetime. The Wharton Law Firmʼs goal in birth injury cases is to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for your child.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Our law firm helps families handle the millions of dollars in CP related expenses.
– Atty Robert Wharton
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder that can ultimately affect a childʼs motor skills, reflexes, movement control, motor skills, and muscle tone. Most often, CP is caused by brain damage that develops before, during, or immediately after birth. In relation to medical malpractice, cerebral palsy is often caused by oxygen deficiency to the brain during labor, or immediately after birth. Unfortunately, cerebral palsy cannot be cured, and can have immediately debilitating effects. The three most common types of CP are:
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy: Spastic cerebral palsy causes muscle stiffness and inhibits full movement, and is the most common type.
- Athetoid Cerebral Palsy: This type of cerebral palsy is evidenced by involuntary movement and slurred speech, and typically affects the arms, hands, and legs.
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: Ataxic cerebral palsy causes impaired balance and impaired coordination.
What Can Cause a Brain Injury to a Child?
Often, cerebral palsy, along with other types of brain injury to infants, can be caused by the disrupted flow of oxygen to the baby’s brain during delivery or immediately afterwards. Premature delivery and birth trauma during the delivery process can also result in cerebral palsy or other birth injuries. Other causes can include:
- Failure to perform a timely Cesarean section
- Drug interactions, overdose, or administration of contraindicated drugs
- Traumatic injury due to improper delivery methods
- Failure to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord
- Failure to respond to fetal distress in a timely manner
- Failure to monitor the baby’s heart rate properly for signs of distress
- Delayed delivery resulting in lack of oxygen to the brain
The costs associated with cerebral palsy or other type of brain injury to a child can last a lifetime. And proving that the negligence of a doctor or other healthcare provider caused your childʼs injuries can be very complex.
If your child suffered a brain injury as a result of negligence before, during, or after delivery, you and your family shouldn’t have to deal with the lifelong consequences alone. The experienced trial lawyers at the Wharton Law Firm will fight to ensure that you get the financial compensation and support that you need.
Call 866-787-5265 for a free and confidential initial consultation today.