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Medical Malpractice Is A Common Cause Of Cerebral Palsy
Is Someone to Blame for Your Childs Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis?
When a cerebral palsy diagnosis is made, it could be the case that medical malpractice is to blame which is why you need an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. Medical errors leading to cerebral palsy can occur at any time during pregnancy, labor and birth. They can also occur immediately following the birth when doctors and nurses fail to provide the proper medical care due to inaction, failing to prevent an injury, or by making a mistake that causes harm to the baby resulting in a diagnosis of cerebral palsy.
The Lancione Law Firm is one of the leading medical malpractice and birth injury law firms in Ohio. Our attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience and a special interest in birth injury cases involving cerebral palsy, and have thus obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients. Our legal team has the skills and legal resources to prove fault in medical malpractice claims resulting in cerebral palsy.
If you believe your child’s cerebral palsy could have been avoided if standard medical procedures had been followed, call our lawyers for a free consultation at 440-331-6100 or contact us online.
What Is Cerebral Palsy? What Causes The Devastating Condition?
Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders typically related to an individual’s inability to control their motor function.Typically, cerebral palsy is categorized into four types: athetoid or dyskinetic cerebral palsy, ataxic cerebral palsy, spastic cerebral palsy or mixed forms of cerebral palsy. Symptoms of each of these four types can range from mild to severe.
While it is true that genetic factors that contribute to cerebral palsy, it is often caused by oxygen deprivation, head trauma or brain injury during the birthing process. Some common medical errors that lead to cerebral palsy include:
- Failure to perform a C-section when a fetus is in distress
- The failure to recognize and treat infant seizures
- Failure to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord
- Excessive use of a vacuum extractor
- Improper use of delivery forceps
- Improper response to precarious vital signs
- Delayed delivery
- Failure to recognize fetal distress
- Failure to diagnose and treat jaundice or meningitis
- Failure to recognize preeclampsia
The medical care for children and adults diagnosed with cerebral palsy can be financially and emotionally challenging. Cerebral palsy can require a lifetime of medical care to deal with the physical disorders as well as speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists and physical therapists.
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The three generations that make up The Lancione Law Firm have successfully settled numerous cerebral palsy cases. We also have a strong background obtaining multimillion-dollar verdicts for families with medical malpractice claims just like you.
Our Cleveland cerebral palsy attorneys prepare all of our birth injury claims for a favorable trial verdict. This often prompts the at-fault party’s insurance provider to make a large settlement offer to avoid going up against us in trial. When you select our law firm, you can be confident knowing we will take every measure possible to protect your best interests in seeking a full financial recovery for your loved one affected by cerebral palsy.
What Are The Symptoms Of Cerebral Palsy?
Symptoms of cerebral palsy are different in different children depending on its severity.They can range from small problems, such as having difficulty with fine motor tasks, to larger ones: such as being unable to walk or maintain balance. Some children suffer from associated medical impairments, including seizures and developmental disabilities.
The signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy can be mild. They can also be quite severe. Below is a list of many of the different symptoms of Cerebral Palsy. A child with cerebral palsy may exhibit some of these signs:
- Abnormal muscle tone
- Breathing difficulties
- Loss of coordination and balance
- Floppy or stiff movements
- Skeletal deformities
- Difficulty feeding, swallowing or suckling
- Difficulty with speech, hearing or vision
- Impaired sense of touch/decreased sensitivity to pain
- Inability to control bladder and bowels
- Poor head control
We understand how difficult and challenging a cerebral palsy diagnosis can be for parents and their children. That’s why the team at The Lancione Law Firm is dedicated to getting the best possible results for clients in the Cleveland area and throughout Ohio. We have access to a network of highly regarded experts who help us build strong and successful cases. We also have in-depth knowledge of the law and can help our clients get the resources they need to move forward with their lives after a cerebral palsy diagnosis.
How Is Cerebral Palsy Diagnosed?
A child’s medical history may give important clues about neurological problems. Slow development, abnormal postures and lack of muscle tone all may be early signs of cerebral palsy. Healthcare professionals who suspect something may be wrong often begin to diagnose cerebral palsy by testing an infant’s motor skills by looking at the child’s motor reflexes. Some infants with cerebral palsy may retain some reflexes that other infants grow out of.
Professionals may also order diagnostic tests to learn more about the possible causes of cerebral palsy. These include CT scans and brain imaging studies. An electroencephalogram (EEG) may also be ordered, especially if a seizure disorder is suspected.
Legal Advice Is Important After Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis
Many parents start to notice the signs of cerebral palsy when their children begin failing to meet the benchmarks or milestones of normal development. As time goes on, infants with cerebral palsy fail to develop the coordination and strength that other children the same age possess. They may not make eye contact, roll over or crawl the way other babies do. This is a hard thing for any parent to watch.
At the Rocky River law offices of The Lancione Law Firm, we know how devastating this can be for parents. Our goal is to help families take successful legal action that helps cerebral palsy victims gain the resources necessary to pay medical bills and get the continuing care they need. As many parents know all too well, cerebral palsy (often abbreviated CP) is a disorder that first appears during infancy or early childhood. It is not a single disease, but a name given to a range of different syndromes caused by damage to the brain before, during or shortly after a child’s birth. This brain damage is permanent and incurable and equally heartbreaking for the child’s family. However, the consequences can be minimized with the right treatment.
What Causes Children To Develop Cerebral Palsy?
While injuries to infants can happen naturally during the delivery process, many injuries are actually the result of errors made by health care providers. By either taking the wrong actions or failing to act in time, these health care providers put infants’ and mothers’ lives in jeopardy.
This is especially true of cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is frequently the result of negligent medical care. In fact, in a significant number of cases, the childbirth complications that resulted in cerebral palsy could have been prevented or mitigated through vigilant, attentive, prenatal and obstetric care.
There are many things that doctors do to cause cerebral palsy, either through negligent actions or inaction during pregnancy, labor, delivery or post-birth such as:
- Allowing the baby to remain too long in the birth canal
- Failing to diagnose infection of the lining of the uterus
- Failure to treat certain risk factors
- Failure to diagnose fetal distress
- Not monitoring vital signs properly
These negligent actions interfere with the flow of oxygen to the brain, which can impair baby brain development and nerve function.
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When potential clients call us regarding suspected medical malpractice, the attorneys at The Lancione Law Firm, conduct a thorough investigation to determine what really happened. Our investigation process includes review and consultation with some of the top medical specialists in the country, such as obstetricians, neuromusculoskeletal experts and pediatric neurologists. These specialists help us learn the true cause of your child’s cerebral palsy. If we believe that medical malpractice was to blame, we will help you take effective legal action in Ohio courts to obtain justice for your loved one.
Our thorough approach has helped us achieve a history of multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts in birth injury cases. It has also helped us hold medical providers accountable for the harm they caused, hopefully preventing that same or similar harm from happening to others in the future.
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If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, early intervention is critical. Enrolling your child in occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy can help him or her maximize abilities.
Talking to a lawyer is also a good idea if you need to ensure that your child’s cerebral palsy was not caused by medical negligence. We invite you to call our Rocky River offices at 440-331-6100 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with an Ohio spasticity lawyer. The Lancione Law Firm is proud to serve clients in Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo, Akron, Youngstown and other communities throughout Ohio with the knowledge and experience of a well-qualified Cleveland cerebral palsy diagnosis attorney.