The birth of a child can be one of the most joyous and exciting experiences in a family's life. But when there are complications during the birth, joy often turns into to a feeling of helplessness. A birth injury that occurs because of complications during birth can be devastating. But when an injury occurs as a result of medical malpractice, the situation can be completely overwhelming and distressing for the parents, especially when the injury results in a severe condition such as cerebral palsy. Mr. Harris can help. Mr. Harris is prepared to guide clients through the legal process of holding medical professionals and institutions responsible for their negligence.
Medical malpractice that results in birth injury includes, but is not limited to, failure to respond to fetal distress, delay in ordering a C-section, or improper use of pitocin, a drug commonly used to induce or speed up labor. Common birth injuries and conditions resulting from birth injuries include cerebral palsy, brachial plexus palsy (Erb's palsy), shoulder dystocia, and brain damage. Mr. Harris can help victims of medical malpractice attain full compensation when they pursue legal action against negligent caregivers.
A birth injury caused by medical malpractice can cause serious financial and emotional hardships for the family. Conditions that result from birth injuries can require ongoing physical therapy and, in severe cases, around-the-clock care. In addition, the emotional impact of a birth injury on family members can be devastating. If your child has suffered a birth injury as the result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Mr. Harris is a skilled birth injury lawyer in Utah who will work diligently to help you achieve full compensation for all of the hardships you and your family have been forced to suffer.
Cerebral palsy is a chronic condition caused by an injury to the brain during or shortly after birth. Cerebral palsy affects muscle movement and coordination, and it can result from medical malpractice. The condition causes impairment to fine motor skills, difficulty in walking or maintaining balance, and involuntary movements. Approximately 500,000 people in the United States have some degree of cerebral palsy. In fact, more people suffer from cerebral palsy than any other developmental disability, including Down syndrome, epilepsy, and autism. If your child has cerebral palsy that you think could have been the result of medical malpractice, you should speak with a knowledgeable cerebral palsy lawyer. Mr. Harris can help victims of medical malpractice and their families.
Medical Malpractice and Cerebral Palsy
Doctors, nurses, and obstetricians are expected to provide adequate care to a mother and child before, during, and after the birthing process. To do otherwise can result in medical malpractice. If a medical professional fails to provide adequate medical attention during a birth, the baby can suffer a permanent brain injury that may lead to cerebral palsy. Medical malpractice by a medical professional that can lead to brain injury and cerebral palsy includes, but is not limited to: leaving the child in the birth canal too long, which causes a lack of oxygen (asphyxia) to the brain; failure to identify and treat seizures following delivery; failure to detect a prolapsed cord (which occurs when the umbilical cord wraps around the baby's neck, cutting off oxygen to the brain); failure to perform a cesarean section in a case of fetal distress; failure to respond to the mother's changing conditions, such as high blood pressure; and failure to diagnose and treat jaundice or meningitis in a timely manner.
If you suspect your child's cerebral palsy resulted from a birth injury caused by the negligence of a health care professional, you should seek help. Our personal injury and cerebral palsy lawyer Mr. Harris understands the emotional devastation that parents and family members must endure after learning that the new addition to the family has a condition that causes lifelong impairment. He knows that the joy of birth can quickly turn to feelings of depression and hopelessness as parents and family members realize that they face long-term medical and rehabilitation expenses that can quickly become overwhelming. If you suspect medical malpractice caused your child to suffer from cerebral palsy, contact Mr. Harris at his Salt Lake City, Utah area office in Provo. He will treat you and your family members with understanding and compassion, and provide expert legal representation to help you achieve the compensation you deserve so that you and your family can overcome emotional and financial hardships and get your lives back on firm ground.
Brachial Plexus Palsy (Erb's Palsy)
Another condition caused by birth injury is brachial plexus palsy, also referred to as Erb's palsy. The condition often results when a medical professional is negligent and injures the infant's brachial plexus (the group of nerves that controls movements and sensations in the arms) during birth. Injuries leading to brachial plexus palsy often occur when there is difficulty freeing the baby's shoulder after the head has appeared. Brachial plexus palsy manifests as weak or paralyzed muscles in the arm, shoulder, and hand. Some babies will require physical therapy and, in some cases, surgery to regain normal function of the arm and shoulder. If you think your child's brachial plexus palsy resulted from medical malpractice, schedule a consultation with Mr. Harris.
Shoulder dystocia occurs during birth after the child's head has emerged, but the shoulders are caught behind the mother's pubic bone. If the problem is not addressed properly, the infant can suffer nerve damage and possible paralysis to the arms and hands. Improper procedures can also result in the baby being starved of oxygen, which can result in irreversible brain damage or death.
An experienced doctor will treat shoulder dystocia in an efficient and effective manner. However, if a doctor has little knowledge of shoulder dystocia and fails to address the condition properly, the outcome can be catastrophic for the infant.