Cerebral Palsy Resulting from Birth Injury
A newborn child can develop cerebral palsy if there is oxygen deprivation during labor or delivery. Because cerebral palsy of any kind can have lifelong consequences for the child and the family, it is important to conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances to determine whether medical malpractice led to the injury.
The birth injury attorneys of Christiansen Law Offices have extensive experience in these matters. We advise and represent families in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas. For a free consultation to discuss your case, contact us today. We are here to help.
Cerebral Palsy and Medical Malpractice
Birth asphyxia — otherwise known as oxygen deprivation — can occur during labor or delivery. This kind of birth injury can lead to a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Because cerebral palsy diagnoses are typically based on evidence of developmental delays and motor coordination disorders, the condition may not be diagnosed until the child reaches age 2 or 3.
At that point or before, a thorough investigation should be conducted. In many cases, a careful review of the medical records reveals problems during labor — problems that should have prompted doctors to take action that would have prevented the injury.
In addition to lack of oxygen to the brain, other causes of cerebral palsy include head trauma, infection and premature delivery.
Over the course of a child’s lifetime, the costs associated with cerebral palsy could be in the millions of dollars. If medical negligence was the cause of your child’s cerebral palsy, it is important to be aware of your legal options for obtaining full and fair compensation for your child’s care now and in the future.
Contact Christiansen Law Offices
Our team of lawyers can investigate your family’s case to determine whether medical negligence was a factor. To arrange a free initial consultation, send us an email or call us in Las Vegas at 702-570-9262. We understand this is a difficult time for you, and we want to help.