Cerebral palsy is one of the most well-known birth injuries, affecting more than 5,000 babies in the U.S. every year. It results when there is insufficient oxygen or physical trauma to a baby’s brain. The actual term “cerebral palsy” refers to a group of disorders that affect a person’s brain (cerebral) and the way that they use their muscles (palsy).
These neuromuscular deficiencies are all marked by a lack of muscle control and coordination, making many basic motions impossible. Children with cerebral palsy may not be able to walk, talk, eat, or play in the same ways as most other children.
The truth is that, at times, cerebral palsy occurs even with the best possible medical care. However, there are many other cases in which cerebral palsy could have been prevented. In some instances, cerebral palsy would not have resulted if the doctors, hospitals, or nurses had followed the proper standards of medical care during labor and delivery.
It is the medical provider’s responsibility to identify potential problems and react accordingly. However, medical professionals are human and make mistakes.
When cerebral palsy results from a preventable medical mistake, financial compensation may be available to help pay for the child’s medical bills and life care expenses. The medical malpractice lawyers at Gemma Law Associates have years of experience handling Rhode Island birth injury law.
We fight to protect the rights of patients and their families throughout the state, including Providence, Newport, Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, Bristol, and Woonsocket. We would like to meet with you to discuss your case. Please contact us by calling toll-free or by filling out our online form.
The factors that lead to cerebral palsy are often avoidable.
- Failure to control the pace of labor and delivery;
- Failure to identify and correct umbilical cord complications;
- Failure to identify and treat medical conditions in the mother during prenatal care;
- Failure to perform a cesarean (c-section) in a timely fashion;
- Failure to properly monitor the baby’s heart rate through a fetal heart rate monitor;
- Failure to react appropriately when signs of fetal distress first appear;
- Improper use of force to extract the baby.
An experienced medical malpractice lawyer or brain injury lawyer can review your case to determine whether an instance of cerebral palsy was avoidable and whether a lawsuit should be filed. The Rhode Island cerebral palsy attorneys of Gemma Law Associates have handled many birth injury cases and are familiar with the issues that may arise in a lawsuit.
A birth injury case can result in the awarding of financial damages to help pay for the highly specialized care, therapy, and challenges of raising a child with cerebral palsy. Contact us today at 401-467-2300 or fill out our online contact form for a case evaluation.