Cerebral palsy is an incurable condition that will affect sufferers for the rest of their lives. People who have cerebral palsy are often unable to engage in everyday tasks that most of us take for granted, severely impacting their quality of life and resulting in millions of dollars in expenses related to the management of their condition over the course of a lifetime. Some of the more common symptoms of cerebral palsy include the following:
- Tremors or involuntary movement
- Lack of coordination
- Problems eating or drinking
- Favoring one side of the body
- Delays in speech or problems speaking
- Poor fine motor control
- Stiff muscles
- Exaggerated reflexes
- Abnormal muscle tone
Worst of all, in many cases, the fact that sufferers have the condition at all is due directly to the negligence of a medical professional during birth. For this reason, it is critical for any case of cerebral palsy to be thoroughly reviewed by an experienced lawyer. In many cases, victims can recover significant compensation.
Medical Malpractice Can Cause Cerebral Palsy
In many cases, the exact cause of cerebral palsy is unknown. What is known, however, is that many causes of cerebral palsy can be the result of medical malpractice. These include lack of oxygen to the brain, traumatic brain injuries, infant infections, fetal stroke, and maternal infections. Some examples of medical malpractice that can lead to these kinds of issues in babies and expectant mothers include the following:
- Failure to monitor fetal heart rate
- Failure to order a timely cesarean section
- Misuse of forceps
- Misuse of a vacuum extractor
- Failure to adequately assess maternal health during pregnancy
- Placing excessive pressure on a baby’s head during delivery
Parents must understand that medical malpractice is a complicated issue. Not every mistake made by a doctor or a nurse is medical malpractice—the question is whether the medical professional deviated from the accepted standard of care, which, in Maryland, is determined by testimony from an expert who has the same level of experience and training as the defendant in a particular case. For this reason, in order to establish medical malpractice occurred, it is typically necessary to consult with experts and then retain experts who will testify to the fact that a particular medical professional’s conduct violated the standard of care.
Because of the complicated nature of medical malpractice cases, anyone who is considering bringing a claim should retain an experienced lawyer.
Call Alpert Schreyer, LLC, Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. The lawyers of Alpert Schreyer will review the facts of your case at no cost to you and advise you as to whether we believe that you have a claim. If we proceed with a claim, you will never pay us anything unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys, call our office today (844) 632-7274 or contact us online.