One of the most wonderful moments in a family’s life is welcoming the birth of a new baby. After nine months of waiting and planning, that perfect bundle of joy has finally arrived. Unfortunately, not all labor and deliveries go smoothly. Situations occur and if the doctor and medical staff involved in the delivery are negligent or careless, the result can be tragic. Too often, these failures by medical personnel cause serious birth injuries to the baby, such as cerebral palsy (CP), and the life the family was planning is forever changed.
Medical Errors That May Lead to Cerebral Palsy
What type of mistakes do obstetricians and hospital staff make that can cause such severe injury to an otherwise healthy infant? Some of the most common include:
Failure to recognize the infant is in distress and delaying delivery by Caesarean section – also referred to as a C-section
Failure of the medical facility to detect and diagnose an infection in either the infant or the mother
Failure to read the fetal heart monitor correctly
Failure to administer the correct dose of Pitocin or failure to administer at the appropriate time
Failure to use medical devices – such as forceps or vacuum extractors – correctly during the delivery
Many times, after these crisis deliveries, it is not always evident that the baby is suffering from a birth injury. It may take months before parents suspect something is wrong. The baby is three months old, and she isn’t reaching for the toy in front of her. She is seven months old, and she still cannot sit up on her own. At 14 months, she is not attempting those milestone baby steps that all parents hold their arms out for.
Contact a Cook County Birth Injury Attorney
Cerebral palsy is not curable. The child will grow to be an adult with cerebral palsy – although, sadly, many children die from medical complications caused by the condition. The medical care costs, as well as the costs to care for a child or adult with cerebral palsy, are astronomical.
Parents who suspect their child’s condition was caused by the carelessness or negligence of the doctor and/or medical facility where the birth took place should contact a skilled Chicago birth injury attorney to find out what legal action they may be able to take. Our birth injury law firm has successfully represented many families who have had their lives forever changed because of medical personnel failures and understand how overwhelming the legal process can feel. Call Birth Injury Law Alliance at 312-462-4200 to schedule a free consultation and find out how we can help.