Cerebral palsy is a permanent condition which affects the brain and central nervous system of an infant or a young child. Nadrich & Cohen handles cerebral palsy cases caused by some negligence which occurred in the delivery process.
The most common causes of Cerebral Palsy are as follows:
- Certain infections which occur during pregnancy
- If during the delivery there was no timely treatment for umbilical cord tightening or in response to signs of fetal distress or from pressure on the umbilical cord due to the baby being stuck in the birth canal because of the baby’s size or the position of the baby’s body or head down the birth canal (a most common cause), or, the placenta being too early sheared or torn during the delivery process and/or occlusion or prolepses of the umbilical cord;
- Complications of premature babies including abnormalities with blood pressure, circulation, heart, breathing, aspiration, temperature, jaundice, untreated seizures, etc.
- Mother’s untreated high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
- Premature aging of the placenta during pregnancy resulting in the sudden separation of the placenta from the uterus wall.
The bottom line in all cerebral palsy cases is the interference with the delivery of oxygen and nutrition to the fetus brain. When the pathway of oxygen and nutrition to the brain is blocked or impeded, the brain becomes injured.
Birth injury related brain damage will ultimately show up through delayed development, abnormal activity, seizures, bleeding in the brain, paralysis or lack of use of certain extremities such as arms or legs, flaccidity in the infant’s trunk, and mental retardation. These are some of the signs of physical and mental functioning impairment in an infant who is brain damaged.
Every mother and father we speak to wants to know why this happened to their child. Was it just an unfortunate event or was it through the negligence or malpractice of the nurses, hospital, or doctor who was involved in the delivery of the baby?
We have experts to determine what happened. We have the absolute best pediatric infant neonatologists (infant and pre-delivery medical doctors) who are our experts who can tell us and will tell you (at no cost to you) whether something was done wrong or something could have been avoided or not done during the delivery process.
Oftentimes, we will see a case where the Cerebral Palsy could have been prevented or was made worse because the actions by the nurses and doctors was not timely. If you want to know if your infant’s Cerebral Palsy was caused by the delivery process, contact our offices and we will have our top notch experts review the prenatal, delivery and medical care records to understand what happened during the delivery process. We are very familiar with all the issues involved in a Cerebral Palsy birth delivery.
Nadrich & Cohen’s lawyers have represented Cerebral Palsy victims throughout California and in many states. We are proud to say that our lawyers have obtained recoveries on our Cerebral Palsy cases of many millions.
If we take your infant’s Cerebral Palsy case, we will calculate the costs of daily living, hired care, therapy, future equipment over the lifetime of your child due to the complications of Cerebral Palsy. We will include the costs of care until your child reaches the age of 21. That alone can amount to $100,000 to $200,000 a year depending on where you live.
Please contact our experienced Cerebral Palsy attorneys at 800-718-4658 for a free, confidential consultation. We have several offices throughout California, but also handle birth injury cases nationwide. There is no upfront charge for our services. We only collect a fee, if a recovery is made.
The Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen has handled numerous birth injury cases caused by negligence in the delivery process. Mistakes which we have been involved in include where doctors and hospitals improperly anticipate the child’s size during delivery resulting in a difficult delivery with too much force being applied to the infant during the birth process as a result. Other reasons injuries occurs to infants are as follows:
- Poor Use of Vacuum Extractors or Forceps
- Timely Failure to Respond to Emergencies Such as Hemorrhaging
- Refusal or Delay in Ordering a C-Section
- Placentia Abruption
- Delayed C-Section Where All Indications Were For a C-Section to be Done as soon as possible
- Difficulties in a Breech Delivery wherein the baby cannot move through the birth canal and is breeched
- Other delivery complications and lack of care immediately after birth
Our law firm has handled many cerebral palsy, brain damage and temporary paralysis cases to completion. We have also successfully represented many infants who have been mentally retarded, epileptic, or autistic due to the loss of oxygen or severe bleeding within the skull during the birth process.
If a loved one has experienced a birth injury to an infant, please contact us immediately. One of our experienced birth trauma expert lawyers will respond to you within 24 hours.
Should you require assistance with a Childbirth Injury, please contact us for an immediate free evaluation of your situation. We have dealt with many of these cases and can be an invaluable resource for information and more importantly assistance.
Cerebral Palsy Lawyer
There is nothing more heart wrenching to a parent than to have a child who suffers from an incurable and devastating condition. It is even worse, when such a tragedy could have been avoided altogether.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Sometimes referred to simply as “CP,” cerebral palsy is not exactly a disease so much as it is an umbrella term which refers to a group of physically disabling disorders related to movement. CP occurs when certain motor centers in the brain are damaged either during pregnancy, during childbirth, or in the young child under 3 years. The term is derived from Latin, with “cerebral” referring to an area of the brain called the cerebrum, and “palsy” meaning paralysis. A patient suffering from CP may have movement, sensation, depth-perception and communication problems. In daily living such basic functions as walking, talking and eating can be difficult or impossible.
If you believe that you may have a Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury claim, contact the Birth Injury Lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP by calling (800)718-4658, or by completing the contact form on this page. A Birth Injury Lawyer will provide you with a free case evaluation. We never collect a fee for our services, unless a recovery is made. Call Today.
Cerebral Palsy Causes
It can be very difficult to prove negligence as a factor in cerebral palsy. This is due in part to the fact that, despite great strides in brain medicine over the past several decades, much about the brain remains a mystery. Moreover, many other causes can be linked to CP, including low birth weight or premature birth causing underdevelopment of the brain, infections, genetic abnormalities, and complications during delivery.
In order to prove negligence, a Birth Injury Lawyer specializing in Cerebral Palsy will need to show that the actions/inaction of medical staff before, during or after the birth directly led to the brain damage causing CP. Such brain damage generally occurs from one of several causes: trauma to the brain, a reduction in oxygen to the brain, or a reduction in blood supply to the brain.
Among the medical errors that can lead to cerebral palsy are:
- Staff failed to diagnose or treat an infection or other condition.
- Staff failed to monitor the baby during delivery for signs of distress.
- The baby was not monitored adequately during the various stages of pregnancy.
- Doctors misused medical instruments during delivery, such as forceps or vacuum extractor, which caused head trauma.
- Medical staff failed to adequately diagnose/treat post-delivery conditions, such as jaundice or meningitis.
Each case is unique, and a Birth Injury Lawyer will need to assess your potential claim based on the available evidence. A cerebral palsy victim may be entitled to compensation for the following damages:
- Cost of medical treatment, physical and occupational therapy
- Cost of medical equipment
- Care in a group home
- Educational services, such as tutoring
In order to preserve your right to make a claim and ensure that full compensation is obtained, contact a Birth Injury Lawyer with a record of success in pursuing Cerebral Palsy Claims. Contact Nadrich & Cohen, LLP today for a free consultation by calling (800) 718-4658, or by completing the case evaluation form on this page.