Cerebral Palsy in Newborns
When a woman goes into labor, it is necessary for the medical team delivering the baby to monitor the baby for stress. Fetal distress can be an emergency situation, and the medical care providers must act quickly to protect mother and child.
Failure to perform an emergency c-section or failure to acknowledge the distress can lead to the baby being deprived of oxygen during the birth process. These failures are considered medical malpractice.
Hypoxia, or the lack of oxygen, can cause Cerebral Palsy as well as other medical conditions to occur in the baby. It is imperative that medical professionals deliver the baby to monitor the baby’s oxygen levels to avoid this issue. Once the birth is complete, the doctors must also check for respiratory difficulties to make sure that the baby does not lack oxygen.
Other causes of Cerebral Palsy include improper use of forceps or vacuum, failure to test for infectious diseases, or failure to timely diagnose medical conditions that may lead to palsy occurring.
If your baby has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, protect their rights, and speak with New Jersey Cerebral Palsy lawyers about making a claim for compensation.
Compensation Available For Cerebral Palsy
Many types of compensation will be available for your loved one who has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Medical care, both current and future, as well as any related expenses, will be included in a compensation package.
Depending on the severity of the case, your birth injury attorney may also seek different compensation forms such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental anguish.
Your attorney will discuss with you all of the forms of compensation that will be available to you based on the facts of your case.
Cerebral Palsy Requires Lifelong Care
Cerebral Palsy is a medical condition that will remain for life. There are no cures for this type of palsy, and even with aggressive physical therapy, many people will still require assistance for basic tasks. Severe cases of Cerebral Palsy may even require 24-hour care for all of the person’s basic needs.
Many people with Cerebral Palsy may require special medical equipment for their care, such as specialized wheelchairs, lifts to get them in and out of bed, and special bathing equipment. Changes may need to be done to the home to accommodate these needs as well as a special vehicle may need to be purchased to make transportation safe.
As New Jersey Cerebral Palsy lawyers, we believe that it is only right that the responsible party for causing this condition to cover these expenses. Families are already facing many hardships when their child has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy; they should not be additionally burdened with the expenses associated with this disorder when the cause was not their fault.
Cerebral Palsy can happen to anyone who suffers from a brain injury. Adults who have been injured or have contracted certain diseases that cause a loss of oxygen or damage to the brain are as susceptible to contracting Cerebral Palsy as a newborn. We represent anyone who has suffered a brain injury and has now been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy or similar medical conditions.
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