According to studies conducted by the Mayo Clinic, cerebral palsy occurs in approximately two to four births out of every 1,000 in the U.S. and Europe. That statistic sounds small, but if your child is one of those few, it can be life-changing. Your son or daughter will likely need medical care and special services for many decades to come.
I am attorney Brian E. Clare, and my Kentucky law office is dedicated to helping parents obtain the money they need to cover a lifetime of care for their children. If your child's cerebral palsy was caused by medical negligence, you have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover full compensation. I will guide you through every step of the case — from investigating the circumstances of the birth to collecting medical documentation, gathering expert testimony and preparing your case for trial, if necessary.
Oxygen Deprivation And Other Causes
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects a person's motor abilities and movement. In the majority of cases, it is caused by birth trauma, hypoxia (insufficient oxygen to the brain) or asphyxia (lack of oxygen to the body). A child can be born with cerebral palsy without any fault on the part of the attending doctors. However, sometimes negligence does play a role.
A medical professional may possibly be liable for malpractice if your child's spastic paralysis or encephalopathy resulted from:
- Failure to identify umbilical cord prolapse
- Failure to monitor fetal heart rate
- Failure to order an emergency cesarean section when the baby cannot be safely delivered vaginally
- Failure to test for or treat meningitis or other infections in the pregnant mother
- Failure to use vacuum extractors, forceps and other tools appropriately
Free Case Evaluation
As a birth injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience, I understand the nuances of these cases and will fight for justice for you and your child. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling my Louisville office at 502-589-6190 or 502-736-4754. You can also reach me online.