Welcoming a new baby into the world is one of the most precious and memorable moments in life. However, when an avoidable error occurs before, during or after delivery, and harms an innocent child, the emotional devastation, financial burden and prospect of lifelong challenges can be devastating to the entire family.
Common Types of Birth Injuries
Tragically, despite medical advancements, birth injuries occur every day due to carelessness, inexperience and negligence. Approximately 3 percent of all births involve serious injuries, often the result of problems that occur during a mother’s pregnancy, labor or delivery. Common types of birth injuries include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Traumatic brain injury
- Water birth injury
- Undiagnosed infection
- Lack of oxygen to the brain (hypoxia)
- Shoulder dystocia
- Spinal cord injury
Compensation in Birth Injury Cases
Raising a healthy child is expensive. When raising a child who suffered a birth injury, you can face enormous financial challenges related to medical care, assistive equipment and home or vehicle modifications. You shouldn’t be burdened with these expenses because of someone else’s actions. If a doctor or medical professional caused your child’s injuries, you may be eligible to recover compensation for:
- Long-term medical care and therapy
- Forfeit of anticipated income
- Physical and mental suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of the expected relationship with your child
Delivery room errors can have a devastating effect on newborns and their families. In certain unfortunate circumstances, these errors cause birth injuries that can result in a cerebral palsy diagnosis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly 1 in 323 children has been identified with cerebral palsy.
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it is crucial to determine the cause of the condition in order to successfully pursue compensation.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that can affect a child’s motor function and intellectual ability. The condition results from a brain injury or malformation that occurs before, during or after birth, while a child’s brain is developing. Every case of cerebral palsy is unique to the child, and can involve signs and symptoms such as:
- Intellectual disability
- Poor muscle control and coordination
- Poor vision and hearing
- Difficulty speaking and eating
- Muscle spasms
- Trouble walking
- Posture changes – from very limp to very stiff
Timely diagnosis of cerebral palsy is critical to early treatment and your ability to seek damages for your child’s birth injury. Since it affects hand-eye coordination, speech and other aspects of a developing brain, some symptoms can take years to surface.