Can a Doctor Cause Cerebral Palsy?
Stephanie E. Grana—November 2, 2017
Short answer: Yes. If your child has developed cerebral palsy and you believe a medical professional or hospital is to blame, you are going to need strong legal representation. At Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, we believe in providing the effective, personalized legal service your case requires, and the compassionate help your family needs.
How Does Cerebral Palsy Happen?
Cerebral palsy can occur when a child experiences head trauma or limited oxygen during birth. Sometimes this happens before birth, while the child is still in utero, but in approximately 1 out of every 5 cases, cerebral palsy happens during birth. Sometimes birth complications are inevitable, but it is not unheard of for a doctor or hospital to be responsible for cerebral palsy.
How Can Doctors and Hospitals Cause Cerebral Palsy?
Obstetricians and treating doctors are responsible for ensuring your baby is delivered on time and doesn’t experience any unnecessary harm or injury. Babies may experience head trauma when a doctor uses a forceful extraction method during a difficult delivery, such as the use of forceps or a vacuum to guide a baby’s head out of the vaginal canal.
However, cerebral palsy is not always caused by excessive force or harmful assistive methods. It can also be caused if a cesarean section is delayed for too long or if a doctor does not follow proper medical procedures when delivering your child.
How Do I Know if My Baby’s Cerebral Palsy Is My Doctor’s Fault?
In some cases, your baby’s cerebral palsy may have been preventable, had your doctor(s) followed standard safety practices before and during delivery. Your doctor may have improperly used birthing tools or machinery or failed to notice important signs that your child was at risk for cerebral palsy.
If you suspect your child’s cerebral palsy is the result of medical malpractice, you are going to need help finding out. Cerebral palsy may be the result of negligence or error by a nurse, treating doctor, obstetrician, or even by the hospital where your baby was born. However, it is difficult to know without proper investigation and the help of an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.
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Our team of medical malpractice lawyers is prepared to help you look into the true cause of your child’s cerebral palsy and determine whether negligence, recklessness, or avoidable error played any part in causing it. Cerebral palsy typically comes with a lifetime of expensive medical treatments, a variety of necessary accommodations, and strict limitations on the afflicted person’s life.
Our team at Breit Cantor Grana Buckner believes in using our skill and experience to serve people in need, and we are on a mission to serve and represent people like you. If a doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider is responsible for your child’s suffering, they should be held accountable for the consequences of their actions.
For more than 28 years, Stephanie Grana has fought for individuals and families in Virginia suffering from catastrophic injury and wrongful death as a top Richmond personal injury lawyer. She has recovered more than 50 verdicts and settlements of over $1 million.