Our Mobile, AL birth injury attorneys help families
Cerebral palsy can be a complicated birth injury to deal with for parents of newborn children. Understanding how and why this disorder occurs, and how it can permanently affect the brain development of a newborn child, can be overwhelming.
Doctors often tell parents there was nothing they and other medical professionals could do to prevent their child from being born with cerebral palsy. But don't simply take their word for it. Often, mistakes made by medical professionals before or during the delivery of a newborn baby contribute to a child's cerebral palsy.
Knowing what to do in such situations can be confusing. Fortunately, you're not alone. Our Mobile, AL cerebral palsy attorneys at Braswell Murphy LLC have years of experience dealing with such complicated birth injury cases.
What is cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a muscle disorder caused by brain damage that occurs before or during childbirth. Specifically, many children with cerebral palsy have abnormal muscle reflexes, permanently impaired movements and permanent brain damage. Children with cerebral palsy also sometimes have partial or complete paralysis in certain parts of their body.
Some of the most common types of cerebral palsy include:
- Ataxic cerebral palsy (difficulty moving or walking)
- Athetoid cerebral palsy (moving involuntarily)
- Spastic cerebral palsy (difficulty moving due to rigid muscles)
Delayed speech development, difficulty eating and seizures are also often associated with cerebral palsy.
Common causes of cerebral palsy
There's much debate about what causes cerebral palsy in newborn children. Some of the most common causes associated with cerebral palsy include:
- Lack of oxygen during pregnancy or delivery of the child (hypoxia)
- Infections during pregnancy (infections sustained by mother or fetus)
- Infections which cause swelling around the child's brain
- Viral infections during pregnancy
- Abnormal fetal position during pregnancy
- Delayed or prolonged delivery
Traumatic events during the delivery process
Whatever the cause of your child's cerebral palsy, make sure you talk to a lawyer as soon as possible about all your legal action. Make sure you contact us today.
How our law firm can help you
Doctors and other medical professionals undergo years of training to prevent and treat cerebral palsy. They're trained to spot the warning signs and take action to avoid such birth defects. But some doctors don't take these warning signs seriously. Other doctors are inexperienced and don't notice them. Either way, that's no excuse. And they need to be held accountable for their actions.
That might sound simple. But the reality is most medical professionals rarely admit wrongdoing, especially when it comes to such serious birth injuries. They know what's at stake. Often, hospitals found responsible for making mistakes that resulted in cerebral palsy must pay parents hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.
That's why you need our law firm on your side. We know what evidence to look for, and what questions to ask. We frequently consult with medical experts. We then present this information to hospitals and their insurance companies and demand a fair settlement offer. And if they refuse to cooperate, we're prepared to take them to court.
Your best interests come first here. Find out how we can help you. Schedule your free case evaluation with our law firm right now.