Cerebral palsy (CP) is one of the most devastating birth injuries that may occur as a result of medical malpractice. It can result in life-long disability. As a parent, you want answers. How did this happen? Could it have been prevented? What went wrong? Our birth injury attorneys help you get answers.
Cerebral palsy can be the result of either abnormal brain development or injury to the baby’s brain in the moments prior to delivery, such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. In the latter situation, the brain damage could be the result of medical malpractice if there was prolonged labor or other birth trauma that resulted in decreased or lack of oxygen to the brain or other tissue injury, such as traumatic forceps or vacuum delivery.
The brain injury is permanent, but generally does not worsen. Individuals with CP have trouble controlling their movements and posture and can experience developmental delays. Medical care and therapy is usually needed for life.
What Can You Do?
If you or a loved one suffered an injury during childbirth, such as a cerebral palsy, and are now dealing with complications related to that injury, it is important to explore your legal rights and see if you have a medical malpractice claim. Birth injury litigation can be complex; our birth injury attorneys have a network of other professionals, from medical experts to financial experts. Please contact Hoffer & Sheremet, PLC at 616.278.0888 to learn more about compensation to which you may be entitled, email us, or complete our consultation request form.