There are a number of things that cerebral palsy can result from. Sometimes they happen during pregnancy and birth while sometimes the condition is not contracted until the child is around 2 years of age. While it can be contracted in many ways, there are also times when the cause is never known. If your child had an injury during birth that resulted in cerebral palsy then yes, you might want to retain the services of a good birth injury lawyer.
Defining a birth injury
According to HG.org, a birth injury can be classified as an injury or death that is a result of trauma to either the mother or the baby that is due to mistakes, malpractice, negligence or flaws in hospital policy during the process of labor and delivery. Basically, this means that one of the medical professionals did not use the appropriate amount of care and/or skill that was required.
Defining Cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy is not just one but an entire group of neurological conditions that are caused do to trauma either in utero, at birth or during the first 2 years of life. This disorder can having life-long, debilitating effects. Some of these will be rigidity of joints, constant contractions in the muscles, deafness, and sometimes paralysis. There are many different types of cerebral palsy including spastic, atoxic and athetoid.
Defining birth injury law
Birth injury law is actually a subset of the larger category of medical malpractice law. It can include personal injury cases that originate from a failure to respond adequately to any of the following circumstances:
• Fetal or maternal bleeding
• Fetal anoxia or distress (lack of oxygen)
• Complications with the umbilical cord
• The necessity for a Cesarean section
• Anticipation of a baby that is large and the complications related to that condition
• Alternate maternal complications
• Improper use of the vacuum extractor or forceps
• Negligent prenatal care such as:
o Failure to diagnose a medical condition of the mother
o Failure to identify possible birth defects
o Not noticing and identifying a pregnancy that is ectopic
o Failing to diagnose any disease which the baby could contract
Do you need a birth injury lawyer?
If any of the circumstances above are relevant the injuries that you are noticing or have been diagnosed then the best thing that you can do is to contact a lawyer who specializes in this type of thing. For starters, this should not cos you anything because generally this type of lawyer only gets paid if you win the case. So, the worst that can happen is that the lawyer tells you that you do not have a case. That being said, it is always best to at least have an initial consultation because whether you are aware of it or not, special needs children are a lot more expensive than children who are not special needs. If your child is a special needs child due to an injury related to birth then you will need all of that money from a cerebral palsy birth injury case.