Cerebral palsy (CP) is one of the more common birth injuries. CP is a neurological disorder of movement and muscle tone that is caused by a disruption to the normal development of the brain. This disruption typically occurs prior to or during birth and can be the result of medical malpractice. At the San Jose medical malpractice law firm of Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. we are skilled in handling birth injury cases. We understand the lifelong challenges that come with caring for a child with a significant birth injury like cerebral palsy, and we fight to make sure you receive the compensation you need to ensure a comfortable and productive life for your child.Compensation for Cerebral Palsy Birth Injuries in San Jose, California
There are a number of different factors that can cause cerebral palsy from genetics to infections and infectious diseases. When cerebral palsy is caused by a medical mistake, however, it is usually because of a lack of oxygen to the brain (Hypoxia) during labor or birth. While malpractice is not always to blame for a child born with cerebral palsy, there are certain instances in which it can be.
For example, if the fetal heart rate is not monitored during labor and birth appropriately, fetal distress may not be detected and treated in time to prevent injury. Failing to identify the need for a cesarean section or delaying a necessary cesarean section contrary to established medical practices can also cause hypoxia and cerebral palsy.
Many cases of cerebral palsy are not diagnosed for several years after birth, as movement and muscle deficiencies often do not become apparent until the child is older. Building an effective case for compensation requires carefully investigating medical records from the mother’s pregnancy and the child’s birth. Our attorneys are practiced in evaluating medical records, and we consult with experienced medical experts where necessary to make determinations about legal liability and build effective cases for compensation.
If you believe your child has cerebral palsy as the result of a medical mistake at birth or during your pregnancy, contact us at (408) 289-1417 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options. We have worked with hundreds of parents whose children have suffered birth injuries and we are committed to obtaining the compensation your child and your family deserves. From our offices in San Jose, CA, we work with clients throughout Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Monterey County.