Asphyxia

Premature BirthCerebral palsy is caused by brain damage. Often, that brain damage is the result of birth asphyxia: an emergency situation during the birth process in which the baby’s brain is not receiving any oxygen. In some cases, mistakes or negligence on the part of the doctors or nurses attending the birth result in total oxygen deprivation to the fetus’ brain. Later, child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Causes of birth asphyxia cerebral palsy

There are a number of risk factors that can cause birth asphyxia resulting in cerebral palsy. Among these risk factors are breech position, difficulties moving the baby through the birth canal, slow fetal heart rate, and above-average baby weight.

During delivery, there are also emergency situations that call for immediate action on the part of the doctor: umbilical cord strangulation, premature separation of the placenta, slow fetal heart rate, shoulder dystocia. When such emergencies arise, the baby must be delivered within a matter of minutes to prevent asphyxia, cerebral palsy, and other injury to the infant. Often an emergency C-section is necessary. Every second counts, and even tiny mistakes at this critical time can have devastating consequences that will last for the child’s entire lifetime.

Treatment of cerebral palsy

There is no cure for cerebral palsy; it is a permanent, lifelong disability. Children with cerebral palsy require ongoing treatment which may include medical treatment, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Some cases of cerebral palsy include cognitive impairment, vision or hearing loss, and those disabilities must be treated as well. In the most severe cases, children are confined to a wheelchair and are unable to take care of every taasks like dressing, washing, or feeding themselves; in such cases, round-the-clock care is necessary.

Birth Asphyxia Lawsuit

The cost of ongoing care and treatment for children with cerebral palsy can be exorbitant and put financial stress on the family, which only adds to the emotional pain and suffering they are already experiencing. If the asphyxia and cerebral palsy were caused by medical malpractice or negligence, parents may be eligible to file a lawsuit to recover damages, which can help them provide the necessary care their child requires.

If your  child suffered asphyxia during the birth process and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and you believe that mistakes by the doctors or nurses during labor or delivery caused the injuries, call Balkin & Eisbrouch today. Our team of committed, experienced attorneys are here to help guide you through the litigation process and help you obtain the settlement that you and your child deserve. You pay nothing unless we win you a settlement, so call today for a free consultation.