Cerebral Palsy FAQs Answered by Attorneys in Seattle

Legal Representation For Families Affected By Cerebral Palsy

Even though each pregnancy, labor, and delivery is unique, many share one tragic thing in common: something went wrong that injured the baby. Many injuries will present themselves immediately, like a broken or fractured bone. Others, however, are more serious and don't make themselves known until a child gets older and develops mentally and physically. Missing milestones, failure to thrive, and other complications of child development. One of the more serious birth injuries that can happen is cerebral palsy.

If your child has developed cerebral palsy, you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice claim against the health care professionals responsible for your child's injury. The Washington birth injury lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. can help. We've been there for many Seattle parents suffering with their children after a birth injury. Let us guide your family to financial settlement that helps you care for your child and their future. We can be reached at (888) 228-3860.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

What Causes Cerebral Palsy?

What Are The Effects of Cerebral Palsy?

How Did My Child Develop Cerebral Palsy?

Can Medical Errors Lead to Cerebral Palsy?

Can It Be Proved That Medical Malpractice Errors Lead to Cerebral Palsy?

Q: What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a birth injury that leads to problems with a child's mental and physical development. This disorder affects the brain and the body's motor control. Cerebral palsy effects a child's ability to control their muscles and movement. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that about 3 children out of every 1,000 live births suffer from cerebral palsy.

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Q: What Causes Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to a child's brain before, during, or shortly after birth. Here are the most common causes of cerebral palsy:

  • Lack of oxygen to a child's brain during childbirth
  • Head trauma (caused by forceps or vacuum extraction)
  • Malnutrition
  • Misdiagnosed or delayed diagnosis of infections

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Q: What Are The Effects of Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy causes a wide range of debilitating physical and mental problems. Here are the most common effects children suffer due to cerebral palsy:

  • Impaired speech, hearing, or sight
  • Mental retardation
  • Sense and perception issues
  • Mobility issues
  • Involuntary movement
  • Muscle spasms/tightness
  • Breathing issues
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Difficulty holding head up
  • Inability to feed or suck
  • Balance problems
  • Bowel and bladder control issues
  • Seizures

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Q: How Did My Child Develop Cerebral Palsy?

Most cerebral palsy situations can be tied to a traumatic injury the child suffered before or during birth. In cerebral palsy cases, these injuries caused damage to a child's brain, effecting their physical and mental development. Here are the most common causes of cerebral palsy injuries:

  • Intrauterine Hypoxia - this is caused by the child's brain getting insufficient amounts of oxygen during pregnancy. Intrauterine hypoxia can be caused by injuries are often caused by the umbilical cord choking a child. If a physician doesn't detect and treat this problem immediately, the baby can suffer brain damage.
  • Birth Asphyxia - this is caused by the child's brain getting insufficient amounts of oxygen during their labor and delivery. Birth asphyxia is most commonly caused by delayed, extended, or difficult deliveries.
  • Physical Injury - a physical trauma a child suffers during delivery can lead to serious brain damage. Injuries during delivery are commonly caused by improper use or forceps or vacuum extraction.

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Q: Can Medical Errors Lead to Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is often caused by errors made by medical professionals in the delivery staff and the hospital itself. Here are the most common medical errors that lead to cerebral palsy injuries:

  • Improper monitoring of fetal distress
  • Improper monitoring of fetus during labor
  • Waiting to long to perform C-section
  • Over medicating the mother when trying to induce or stimulate labor, often with Pitocin or Oxytocin
  • Improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction tools
  • Failure to diagnose and treat preeclampsia
  • Failure to diagnose and treat placental previa
  • Failing to other detect pregnancy problems (such as the mother's high blood pressure or the child's head being too large for the mother's pelvis)

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Q: Can It Be Proved That Medical Malpractice Errors Lead to Cerebral Palsy?

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has helped many families dealing with cerebral palsy injuries. We have years of experience in handling these difficult cases. Our Seattle cerebral palsy attorneys know how to hold medical professionals accountable for their negligent and dangerous actions. We will draw from our network of medical experts to build a case on facts. Our firm has a long history of using the testimony of medical experts to prove that the medical professional who injured you acted outside of the expected standard of care.

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Contact an Experienced Seattle Cerebral Palsy Attorney

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has helped many families secure a financial settlement that helps them care for their child's daily and future needs. We can build a case that gets your family compensation to cover your child's medical bills, physical therapy, and pain and suffering. Contact us today at (888) 228-3860.

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