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What If My Child Gets Injured During Childbirth?

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Birth Injuries | 0 comments

About-to-Be parents are often plagued with a specific feeling once they find out that they’re going to have a child. Of course, most couples are ecstatic at the prospect while some may find that their soon-to-be addition to the family was unexpected, there is a specific feeling all the same that joins them all together: worries and fear.

What if I’m not good parent? What if I’m not ready to raise a child? And, one of the most crucial: what if something goes wrong?

This is something common for expecting couples or single parents as it is often in the nature of parents to worry about the safety of their offspring. However, when the fear becomes actualized – when the worst case scenario is upon them, a rare few actually know what to do next. They spend so long thinking about what could go wrong that so few actually prepare for what happens if things actually do go wrong.

So, what do you do if your child gets injured during childbirth? Stretch that timeframe out a bit as a child can still be vulnerable to significant injury until the age of 2—so, what do you do?

First things first, it is of the utmost importance to consult with someone who has significant expertise first. If the injury happened during delivery, a birth injury lawyer may argue that the doctor could be at fault. If your child becomes afflicted with cerebral palsy, that’s going to mean years of physical therapy and lifelong medication since cerebral palsy has no cure. If there was someone responsible for the child getting cerebral palsy then that person responsible needs to be accountable for the consequences of their actions.

Birth injuries are not just physically draining and traumatizing—this is true emotionally and financially as well. There is no shame in asking for help when you need it.

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Cerebral Palsy & Medical Malpractice

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Birth Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

The website of The Driscoll Firm mentions that nearly three out of every one-thousand babies born in the United States are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a term given to a large group of disorders that primarily affect motor skills. Less commonly, cerebral palsy affects brain function. However, in the cases where cognition is affected, the patient faces a more severe and rehabilitation-intensive life.

The different types of cerebral palsy are spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic, athetoid, hypnotic, and mixed. Of the different types of cerebral palsy, spastic cerebral palsy is the most common, occurring in nearly seventy percent of all cases. Typically, the most prevalent symptom of spastic cerebral palsy is muscle tightness. Nerve receptors in the spine are unable to receive brain signaling which then leads to muscle tightness or spasm.

While exact factors and causes for cerebral palsy can be difficult to understand for medical professionals, it is widely considered to be a congenital disease. Premature infants are at a higher risk in developing cerebral palsy as they are often more vulnerable to respiratory complications. Asphyxia, hypoxia of the brain, can be linked closely to the development of cerebral palsy.

In addition to birthing complications, the development of cerebral palsy can sometimes be detected before the child’s birth. In the cases where early prevention could occur, the development of cerebral palsy can often be linked to medical malpractice. According to the website of Massachusetts injury lawyers Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, common medical malpractice mistakes are misdiagnosis, late diagnosis, surgical errors, and anesthesia errors. Medical negligence can have enduring consequences like birth defects or and conditions such as cerebral palsy. Families are entitled to monetary benefits if the doctors are responsible for birthing problems.

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