Cerebral palsy is a form of brain damage commonly caused by oxygen deprivation during the birthing process. Did the actions or decisions of the medical team lead to your baby's developmental disabilities?
The medical malpractice lawyers of Belsky Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC, are skilled at making that connection and holding medical providers accountable. We have a proven track record in birth injury cases, including compensation for the lifelong hardships of caring for a child with cerebral palsy.
Contact us if your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy or if you have suspicions about the circumstances of childbirth. We extend a free case evaluation to parents in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.
What Is Cerebral Palsy? What Causes It?
Cerebral palsy (CP) refers to disorders of a developing brain that inhibit the ability to move and control one's body. It may manifest as problems with walking and motor skills, balance and coordination, muscle tone and posture, and/or involuntary movements. Some people with CP also have cognitive deficits and impaired vision, hearing or speech. There is no cure for cerebral palsy, but the disabilities may improve over time or with extensive therapy.
The cause of cerebral palsy is not always known. However, hypoxia (lack of oxygen) during pregnancy and during labor and delivery is associated with infant brain damage, including cerebral palsy. We work with medical experts to examine the medical records for indications of medical malpractice by the delivering obstetrician (OB-GYN) or nurses:
- Failing to stave off pre-term labor
- Failure to recognize fetal distress during labor
- Failure to anticipate a difficult birth
- Failure to perform a timely C-section
- Improper delivery technique
Find Out If You Have A Case
Any of these mistakes could cut off oxygen to the baby, causing irreversible harm. However, the symptoms of cerebral palsy may not emerge until months later, or as late as age 2. The longer the time lag, the more difficult it is to establish a causal connection.
That is where our attorneys' experience with birth injuries can make a difference. Call us at 410-344-7380 or 800-266-4732, or use our online contact form, to schedule a free consultation. We have six offices in Baltimore and surrounding counties.