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Cerebral palsy is a life-long illness that is characterized by a loss of nerve function and movement. It is normally caused by traumatic brain injuries that occur during or near the time of birth and these injuries are, regrettably, often the result of negligent medical practice.
The Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
It can be difficult to definitively diagnose cerebral palsy until the nervous system matures, but some of the early symptoms that may be recognizable are as follows:
- A very loose or stiff body posture
- Problems swallowing
- Weak, shrill crying
- Excess sleeping
Medical Missteps that Can Lead to Cerebral Palsy
There are many medical errors that can take place before, during, or right after birth that can cause cerebral palsy. What many of these missteps have in common is that they create a lack of oxygen flow to the baby’s brain which, in turn, can permanently damage the nervous system. Here are some of the most common medical mistakes:
- Failure to respond quickly enough to health conditions in an expectant mother that could harm the unborn baby
- Failure to detect the umbilical cord wrapped around the baby’s neck
- Failure to perform a cesarean section when the baby or mother is in a state of distress
- Failure to get the baby out of the birth canal quickly enough
- Failure to monitor the baby’s health following birth, including detecting and treating jaundice, seizures and meningitis
In addition to the mental and physical disabilities cerebral palsy patients must learn to live with, the families of these victims must find a way to pay for the medical bills that average more than $900,000 in treatment costs over a lifetime.
If your child has been recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you believe that medical malpractice may have been the cause, we encourage you to contact our Buffalo, New York office today.
The lawyers who specialize in cerebral palsy cases at Feroleto Law can help you conduct a thorough investigation of your case. Our experienced attorneys can ensure that, if your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by negligent medical practice, the responsible party is held financially accountable for your medical expenses and suffering.
We will not charge legal fees unless your case is won or settled out of court, so please don’t hesitate to schedule a complimentary case evaluation with one of our medical malpractice attorneys experienced in cerebral palsy cases today.