A single, definite cause has yet to be identified for cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects voluntary muscle control, muscle tone, and movement. Medical professionals agree, however, that cerebral palsy may be caused by brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain, physical trauma, or abnormal brain development in the womb. If cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage linked to childbirth, you should consider whether an error or mistake was made during labor or delivery.
Davis Levin Livingston takes on birth injury claims for clients across Hawaii, and they have been fighting for injured children for over 40 years. During this time, their Hawaii cerebral palsy lawyers have helped families secure the financial compensation they need to pay for the medical treatment and other costs associated with the treatment of serious birth injuries caused by medical malpractice.
If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you believe malpractice may be to blame, call (808) 400-7517. During a free consultation, the attorneys will listen to your story and offer our insight.
Potential Causes of Cerebral Palsy
As already mentioned, cerebral palsy may be caused by damage to the brain. During childbirth, cerebral palsy may be linked to malpractice in situations involving:
- Delays in recommending or performing a C-section, leading to a lack of oxygen to the brain.
- Improper treatment of a brain injury sustained during or after birth (head cooling or other methods may be used to slow brain damage).
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor, causing head trauma and brain damage.
- Improper use of Pitocin, leading to lack of oxygen to the brain.
- Mismanagement of shoulder dystocia, causing a lack of blood and oxygen to the brain.
- Mismanagement of prolonged labor or a difficult delivery, leading to birth asphyxia.
- Failure to diagnose and treat severe jaundice, leading to brain damage.
Talk to a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer at Davis Levin Livingston
Trying to link malpractice to cerebral palsy is no easy task, but the Hawaii birth injury attorneys at Davis Levin Livingston have the resources and the know-how to effectively handle these complicated cases. They have over 160 years of collective legal experience and a Medical Director and nurse on staff to appropriately address the legal and medical aspects of your cerebral palsy claim.
To learn more, call (808) 400-7517.