Minnesota Birth Injury Lawyers
Every parent wants a healthy birth and the best life possible for their child. Sometimes, medical mistakes before, during, and after childbirth can lead to a serious birth injury such as cerebral palsy. There are approximately 10,000 new reported cases of cerebral palsy every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Contact our law firm if your child suffers from cerebral palsy. There will be costly medical expenses, ongoing and long-term treatment plans, in addition to emotional pain and suffering. You might have the option of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the medical personnel responsible for your child’s birth injury.
Medical Negligence and Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is the medical name given to a group of disorders that affects sensation, muscle control, head control, walking, muscle tone, coordination, balance, and cognitive function. Brain damage during pregnancy and birth can result from various medical mistakes, including:
- Inappropriate or incorrect use of vacuum or forceps
- Inappropriate or incorrect use of oxytocin or misoprostol
- Failure to recognize fetal distress
- Failure to properly resuscitate a depressed baby
- Failure to effect a timely caesarean-section birth
While cerebral palsy is not a life-threatening condition, there is no cure for it. Cerebral palsy caused by brain injuries during birth or untreated seizures shortly after birth contributes to 10 – 15 percent of all instances of cerebral palsy. Watching a baby struggle is heartbreaking for any parent. It is even more disheartening when parents find out that negligent medical care led to their child’s lifelong struggles. One medical mistake can cause you and your child a lifetime of challenges and medical expenses.
Free Consultation with a Minnesota Birth Injury Attorney
Advancements in medicine over the years have made pregnancy and birth much safer for women. However, medical technology cannot prevent errors in professional judgment by doctors and medical staff. Cerebral palsy cases are extremely complex. There can be numerous defendants in a medical malpractice suit involving birth injuries. Some cases have involved an entire hospital as the negligent party. An experienced birth injury attorney can answer any question you might have about your legal options. The statute of limitations places strict time limits on your legal rights, so it is important that you consult a cerebral palsy lawyer as soon as possible. Contact our office for a free consultation at (612) 294-2200.