Just like Nathan’s mother, parents often blame themselves when a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Rest assured that it is not your fault! It is estimated that 8 out of 10 instances of cerebral palsy could not have been prevented and are due to natural causes. Sadly, approximately 20% of cerebral palsy cases are caused by preventable birth injuries. We are especially committed to helping families in these situations find answers.
Preventable Causes of Cerebral Palsy
No family should have to live every day knowing that, were it not for mistakes made during labor and delivery, their child may be living without a disability. During Nathan’s case, it was revealed that eleven mistakes made during his first days of life contributed to his cerebral palsy. If you experienced any of these situations during your child’s delivery, a preventable birth injury may have occurred:
- Mismanagement of labor and delivery
- Failure to perform a timely delivery or C-section
- Failure to respond to signs of a uterine rupture or placental abruption
- Administering too much Pitocin
- Misreading of the fetal monitor
- Failure to detect a severe brain defect on prenatal ultrasound film
- Failure to respond to severe dehydration in a newborn
- Failure to diagnose and respond to a baby’s airway obstructions
- Failure to obtain medical experts to support labor and delivery
If you believe a birth injury may have caused your child’s cerebral palsy, contact our attorneys to find out more.