Understanding the Medical Issues That May Cause Cerebral Palsy During Labor & Delivery
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For more than 50 years, the attorneys at Jack H. Olender & Associates, PC — The Malpractice Law Firm — have pursued justice and compensation for victims of cerebral palsy caused by medical errors. Many of these errors could have been avoided if the hospital or physician had taken the proper steps in labor and delivery. Our Washington, D.C. law firm is dedicated to helping our clients achieve better, more fulfilling lives following the diagnosis of one of the most devastating diagnoses that parents can receive.
Many kinds of injuries in the delivery room may cause Cerebral Palsy
With more than 760,000 individuals in the United States having developed Cerebral Palsy — and the lack of any cure other than lifetime treatment and therapy — obtaining compensation and support is more important than ever. Cerebral Palsy has several causes, including medical mistakes made by physicians, nurses and hospitals and is generally linked with disease, brain injury or hypoxia (a lack of oxygen to the brain):
- Failure to discover a prolapsed umbilical cord (where the umbilical cord moves through the birth canal before the baby), cutting off oxygen and blood to the baby
- Failure to order a Caesarean section within a reasonable time
- Failure to treat jaundice leading to kernicterus, and eventually brain damage
- Improper use of forceps or a vacuum extractor during birth
- Infections, such Group B Streptococcus, Chorioamnionitis, and Cytomegalovirus
- Failure to diagnose fetal distress, such as gestational diabetes, uterine rupture, placental abruption or shoulder dystocia
- Lack of appropriate staff in the labor and delivery department or neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU)
- Aspiration of meconium by the baby during fetal distress
- Failure to monitor heartbeat and contractions properly
What are my options if my child has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy?
At Jack H. Olender & Associates, we know from experience that children with Cerebral Palsy can be intelligent, adorable and successful in life. Our goal is to ensure that every child can achieve his or her full potential by working with trusted doctors and other healthcare professionals, physical and occupational therapists, and others to create a better future.
Washington, D.C. attorneys representing children and families struggling with Cerebral Palsy
For more than 50 years, Jack H. Olender & Associates, PC has fought for compensation and care of children who have developed cerebral palsy as a result of medical malpractice. Contact us online today or call 202.879.7777 and our attorneys will investigate your claim to determine if your child is entitled to compensation.
The firm generally works on a contingent (percentage) fee arrangement, so no legal fees are paid if money is not recovered on your behalf. We practice in District of Columbia and Maryland courts.