Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers agree with advocates on the importance of raising awareness about the developmental disorder and birth injury known as cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by injury or abnormal development in the immature brain, most often before birth. In an unborn child, a lack of oxygen to the brain, or asphyxia, during labor or delivery or some other type of medical malpractice may cause the condition to occur resulting in a brain injury or death.
In medical malpractice cases involving prenatal care or child birth, a medical professional who fails to administer urgent care such as a delay in ordering or performing a C-section (Caesarean section) or failing to timely respond to distress shown by changes in the baby’s heartbeat on a fetal monitor may cause a devastating birth injury that could have been prevented to the mother and/or the baby. A birth injury or brain injury can also occur when a physician fails to follow the accepted standard of care.
The damage caused to the brain by cerebral palsy is a long-term, permanent injury. It is incurable, but can be managed with a mix of treatment including surgery, therapy, surgery and medication depending of the severity of cerebral palsy. Like any other brain injury, each case is different and all medical treatment should be specific to the patient.
Cerebral palsy is not a progressive condition. The brain lesion is the result of a one-time brain injury and will not produce further degeneration of the brain. However, a cerebral palsy patient may develop other health issues such as decreased motor skills, epileptic seizures or vision impairment associated with the condition. Those issues can and may worsen over time. In very severe cases, cerebral palsy is a life-threatening condition that could result in death.
The Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling medical malpractice cases resulting in birth injuries. Our extremely skilled team of medical malpractice attorneys and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you child has suffered from or a loved one has suffered a birth injury such as cerebral palsy, brachial plexus, shoulder dystocia, Erb’s palsy or any other type of birth injury, contact the medical malpractice attorneys of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More