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The Duffy & Duffy Cerebral Palsy Lawyers have helped thousands of people like you in pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit and understanding professional medical advice. We know you have many unanswered questions about birth injury: Why did this happen to my child? Is it my fault? Did I do something wrong? I liked my doctor, but did he do something wrong? How am I going to take care of my child’s condition? How will I be able to work and care for my child’s pain? Will my child ever be independent? What will happen to my child if something ever happens to me?
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Detecting a Birth Injury in a Child
It is estimated that birth injuries may occur as often as seven out of every 1,000 births. It may not be apparent until a few months or years after birth that a birth injury did indeed occur. However, some immediate signs of birth injury includes: Failure to breath immediately upon birth; seizures within the first 48 hours after birth; fetal distress, swelling or marks (bruises or abrasions) on your baby’s face, head, or shoulder; lack of muscle tone (baby appears to be floppy); and one arm is limp.
Signs of birth injury that appear later in life are: difficulty with speech, lack of coordination, drooling and an uneven gait.
Birth Injury Causes
Medical negligence or malpractice may have caused cerebral palsy or your baby’s birth injury if medical professionals or medical experts failed to: ascertain your full medical history, properly treat a maternal infection, properly diagnosis and treat risk for premature birth, properly use medical equipment such as forceps or vacuum extractors, diagnose and treat a baby that was too small or too big, properly monitor and treat maternal blood pressure and blood sugar, or improperly delayed Cesarean section.
At Duffy & Duffy, our Cerebral Palsy lawyers understand the medical and legal terminology, evidence, and procedures to effectively assess and process your cerebral palsy case in order to potentially recover compensation for the life-long care of your child. Please call the Duffy & Duffy Cerebral Palsy lawyers for a no-commitment consultation & free case evaluation.
Advice from the Duffy & Duffy Cerebral Palsy Attorneys
There are millions of healthy babies born each year. Unfortunately, thousands and thousands of babies are born with Cerebral Palsy. If you suspect that your child’s Cerebral Palsy was caused by medical malpractice, you need to learn about your rights and what you need to do to protect your child’s future.
For instance, with an experienced birth injury attorney you can successfully link obstetrical negligence to the child’s birth injury while pursuing medical malpractice cases. We will explain what is involved in pursuing your cerebral palsy lawsuit, your child’s claim and what you can expect to receive in return known as compensation. The amount of compensation you may anticipate to obtain in a cerebral palsy lawsuit is determined on the nature of your injuries. This encompasses all practical and intangible losses your family has endured since the cerebral palsy diagnosis.
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Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Most people associate a lack of oxygen with the brain injury as the cause of Cerebral Palsy. While this can happen, only 10% of Cerebral Palsy is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. Our Cerebral Palsy Attorneys also handle cases where the brain injury of Cerebral Palsy is caused by premature birth, blood disease, maternal infection, jaundice, and other sources of brain injury.
Most (90%) of Cerebral Palsy brain injuries that occur before or during birth. A range of medical errors can cause this, including:
- waiting too long to order a cesarean,
- forcing the extraction of the baby (forceps or extraction),
- umbilical cord wrapping around your baby’s neck,
- baby was born blue and/or did not cry upon birth,
- baby scored a low Apgar test, indicating various problems,
- negligence in forcing your baby to stay in the NICU
- other negligent acts (often commented on by the nurses or other medical professional staff that something should have been done differently)
- Cerebral Palsy damages range from very mild to very severe. Damages include developmental delays, abnormal muscle tone (extremely tight and stiff or ultra relaxed and floppy), abnormal and uncontrolled movements (jerky and abrupt or slow and writhing), and hearing loss. There are also commonly skeletal, speech, vision, dental and bladder/bowel control problems as well.
At Duffy & Duffy, our experienced cerebral palsy attorneys understand Cerebral Palsy and the medical mistakes that can cause it. We also appreciate the long term consequences and the life-long expenses required to care for your child throughout his or her life.
Our experienced cerebral palsy lawyers will carefully evaluate medical records, interview medical expert witnesses, investigate, work within the legal system as well as deal with insurance companies. You may receive financial compensation for life-long expenses for your child’s cerebral palsy treatment by working with a Duffy and Duffy Cerebral Palsy Attorney.
Our cerebral palsy attorneys focus their practice on helping injured people. We have had thousands of medical malpractice cases, including many Cerebral Palsy lawsuits. While our past results do not guarantee your success, we have had excellent results with verdicts and settlements in cases involving Cerebral Palsy.
We are well qualified to help you and your family every step of the way on your birth injury cases so you can focus on what really matters, taking care of your child.
Please contact us today to speak with one of our Cerebral Palsy attorneys.
Consult with a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer
We invite you to consult with a Duffy & Duffy Cerebral Palsy Lawyer as soon as possible. We represent injured people and are well equipped to fight to get you all of the compensation you deserve. The state of New York imposes limits on the time you have to file a lawsuit. If you do not file within the time limit, your birth injury lawsuit may be forever barred and neither you nor your child will receive the compensation you need to deal with the life-long affliction of Cerebral Palsy.