Cerebral Palsy Resulting From Medical Malpractice
Cerebral Palsy At A Glance:
- Causes Of Cerebral Palsy?
- Can Cerebral Palsy Be Prevented?
- Maximizing Compensation For Cerebral Palsy
Powell Klausing represents parents and families who have been touched by cerebral palsy resulting from malpractice during childbirth. From our offices in Louisville and Lexington, we focus on making sure that families have the resources necessary to ensure their children with cerebral palsy receive the care they need to live a full life today and for the rest of their lives.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Not all instances of cerebral palsy are the result of medical malpractice. Cerebral palsy can be caused by genetic mutations and unavoidable delivery complications. Malpractice becomes a factor when the actions - or lack of action - by medical professionals during labor and delivery result in a child suffering from cerebral palsy.
Examples of negligence that can result in cerebral palsy include:
- Failure to monitor, including the failure to recognize signs of fetal distress, such as dropping heart rate or plummeting oxygen levels
- Failure to perform an emergency cesarian section; this failure is often the direct result of the initial failure to monitor.
- Failure to respond to complications during delivery, such as an umbilical cord being wrapped around the baby's neck
It is important to realize that many parents take their baby home thinking they are out of the woods and the worst is behind them. Sadly, cerebral palsy can be present without early symptoms. Signs of cerebral palsy that turn up later include developmental delays such as being late for milestones such as learning to roll over or crawl.
Can Cerebral Palsy Be Prevented?
Not all cases of cerebral palsy are preventable. No one is expecting doctors, nurses and other hospital workers to be superhuman. Sometimes complications arise and threaten the health of a baby even when medical professionals do everything right.
Preventable cases of cerebral palsy can and should be prevented by medical professionals following proper protocols and meeting the standard of patient care. When they fail to do so, a medical malpractice lawsuit can help victims and their loved ones recover financial compensation for their medical costs, pain and suffering, lost earnings and other damages resulting from medical negligence.
Led by experienced birth injury lawyers Scott Powell and Stephen Klausing, we will examine the circumstances surrounding your situation and determine whether malpractice was a factor in your child's cerebral palsy. If it is, we will fully pursue your rights to ensure you are not left to bear the financial burden alone.
Maximizing Compensation For Cerebral Palsy
There is no cure for cerebral palsy; it is a lifelong injury that comes with lifelong costs. It is crucial to make sure that any settlement provides compensation for what you have already gone through as well as future costs such as physical therapy, vocational therapy, home renovations, in-home care and more. If the insurance company fails to negotiate in good faith, you can rely on us to put our award-winning trial skills to use for your family.
Let Us Make Things Right For Your Family
The past cannot be undone, but we can help you make sure your child has a brighter future. Contact us for a free initial consultation with an accomplished birth injury attorney. For your convenience, we have office locations in Louisville and Lexington.