Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder that causes loss of motor function, and it may affect body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. CP can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning. CP can be caused by injury to the brain before, during or immediately after birth. Frequently, these injuries occur as a result of a doctor's failure to exercise reasonable care in the months leading up to the delivery, at delivery or immediately following delivery.
Cerebral Palsy Lawyers Advocating For Victims of Brain Injury Or Oxygen Deprivation At Birth
At Garau Germano, P.C., we have pursued claims for brain injury at birth resulting in cerebral palsy throughout the state of Indiana. We have the experience and resources necessary to thoroughly investigate these claims and pursue them through trial if necessary. Cerebral palsy can be a devastating condition, requiring lifetime medical care. If a patient develops CP as a result of a health care provider's negligence, we will work to hold the health care provider accountable for the injury.
In medical malpractice cases involving cerebral palsy, the condition is typically caused by the brain being deprived of oxygen during the delivery. This is called an anoxic injury. Frequent causes of cerebral palsy that may give rise to a claim for medical malpractice include the failure to diagnose or treat infections in the mother during the course of the pregnancy or during delivery; the failure to properly monitor the fetal heart rate during delivery, or to properly interpret and respond to fetal monitoring strips showing fetal distress; failure to plan for cesarean section when a baby is so large that it is likely to get stuck as it passes through the birth canal; and misuse or misapplication of forceps or vacuum extractors in delivering the baby. All of these medical errors may result in an anoxic injury to the baby's brain, which in turn may lead to the development of cerebral palsy.
Not all cases of cerebral palsy are the result of medical malpractice. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys will work with medical experts to ascertain whether medical negligence played a role in the injury suffered by your child.
If you believe that your child has developed cerebral palsy as the result of medical malpractice, call us to learn more about how we can help you and your family. Please contact our Indianapolis, Indiana, law firm today by calling 317-643-4232 or toll free at 800-631-6743.