About our Chicago Cerebral Palsy Lawyers
Cerebral palsy is a term that describes conditions that affect a person's bodily movement, posture and their ability to balance themselves. It can either result from brain injury at birth or developmental abnormalities. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in 303 children suffers from cerebral palsy.
People living with cerebral palsy have trouble controlling body movement, therefore making it hard for them to walk and perform everyday tasks independently. Additionally, they may suffer from visual, hearing and speech impairments.
When brain injuries occur during birth due to medical malpractice, a family may file a lawsuit to hold negligent healthcare providers responsible. Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys have experience handling birth injury matters and have represented a number of clients who have been victimized by medical negligence at birth. Let us help you understand your options and hold those responsible if you or a loved one developed cerebral palsy as a result of their negligence.Causes & Prevention
Babies who are premature have an increased chance of eventually developing cerebral palsy because their lungs are not fully developed and therefore they may not receive adequate oxygen to the brain. In addition, babies born in the breech position may experience a prolapsed umbilical cord, where the cord becomes compressed and cuts off blood flow and oxygen to the newborn's brain. If a baby suffers from oxygen deprivation during birth, this may cause brain damage, which can result in cerebral palsy.
In many instances, doctors and nurses can identify a child's risk factors to determine their chances for cerebral palsy. In fact, it is crucial for healthcare providers to determine a newborn's risk in order to develop a plan of action in the event that a birth complication occurs. When practitioners are properly prepared to address complications in a timely fashion, they reduce a child's risk for birth injuries such as cerebral palsy.
However, in some cases, cerebral palsy is not evident to physicians or parents at birth, but rather as the child develops. Some children suffer from mild cerebral palsy, while others with severe cerebral palsy may suffer lifelong complications and disabilities.Medical Negligence Attorneys
The Illinois birth injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti believe that all victims of medical malpractice at birth should be fairly compensated for their injuries. If a healthcare provider fails to recognize or treat potential brain injuries at birth, they can be held responsible for a child's injuries. For example, in one case that our attorneys worked on, we recovered a $6.5 million settlement in 2010 for a young girl who sustained a serious brain injury at birth due to oxygen deprivation when doctors delayed performing a caesarean section.
If you believe that a medical practitioner was negligent and their failures caused your child to suffer from cerebral palsy, we may be able to help you seek justice. Contact us today so that we can discuss your options and help you obtain justice. You can reach us at 312-332-2872 or 877-374-1417 or complete our online medical malpractice lawsuit evaluation form and an experienced Chicago cerebral palsy attorney will call you back to discuss your legal options.