Cerebral Palsy Attorney Serving Riverside & San Bernardino
Cerebral Palsy (CP) describes a group of neurological disorders from a brain injury or interruption in the development of an infant’s brain. Studies estimate that about 70% of CP cases stem from prenatal injuries, 20% from injuries during birth, and 10% from injuries after birth. While not every CP diagnosis points to medical malpractice, some do. If you have reason to believe that a doctor, nurse, or hospital’s negligence caused your child’s cerebral palsy in Riverside or San Bernardino, the local lawyers at DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC want to help you explore the possibility of damage recovery.
When Negligence Causes Cerebral Palsy
Children with cerebral palsy have the condition for life. While it is non-progressive, there is no cure. CP affects motor function, posture, balance, body movement, and muscle control, coordination, and tone. It can also affect gross and fine motor skills. Most children with CP are born with the condition, although a small number acquire CP later. Researchers widely agree that about 10% of CP cases relate to medical malpractice and birthing complications. The following are examples of issues that could cause CP:
- Infection during pregnancy or after birth. Mothers can pass infections to their babies during pregnancy and birth. Prenatal infections such as rubella and cytomegalovirus are known causes of CP. Infections like meningitis after birth can also cause brain damage and CP. Monitoring the mother and treating infections during pregnancy is crucial.
- Brain injury during or right after birth. If the developing fetal brain sustains any kind of injury, it could result in brain damage and the development of neurological conditions. Brain hemorrhages before birth, neglect, medical malpractice, or blunt trauma to the infant can all cause cerebral palsy.
- Severe jaundice (untreated). Jaundice occurs when there is a buildup of bilirubin in the infant’s blood. If caught in time and treated, jaundice will not have any long-term effects on the baby. If doctors fail to notice or properly treat severe jaundice, however, it can cause brain damage and CP.
- Lack of oxygen to the brain. During labor and delivery, complications can cut off the oxygen supply to the baby’s brain (hypoxia). It is the doctor’s job to monitor the baby’s fetal signs, detect distress, and take prompt emergency action to remedy the situation before lack of oxygen can permanently damage the brain’s development.
It typically takes 18 months or longer to diagnose a child with CP. Once you receive a CP diagnosis, investigate its cause. Doctors should be able to tell you how, when, and why your child acquired cerebral palsy. The location of the brain damage can give you an idea of what may have triggered the condition. Red flags for severe medical neglect in CP cases are failures to monitor vital signs, failure to treat jaundice, and failure to detect umbilical cord irregularities.
When to Contact DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC
Cerebral palsy is a serious, lifelong condition. Children with CP require different degrees of medical care, with associated costs such as periodic doctor’s visits, special medical equipment, live-in care, and more. If a negligent physician or other party caused your child’s condition, the least you deserve is financial compensation for all the related costs to you and your family. Talk to a lawyer at DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC as soon as you hear about your child’s diagnosis. Schedule a free consultation online or call (855) 946-6464.