Child Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy in Iowa? Call 1-855-833-3707 to Consult With a Lawyer for Free About Your Legal Options.
Cerebral palsy is most-often the result of brain damage which occurs either during pregnancy, during the birthing process, or shortly after delivery. Many times, the cause of this brain damage is directly related to the negligence or malpractice of a doctor or other medical professional.
If your child has recently been diagnosed with CP, a cerebral palsy lawyer in Iowa may be able to help you recover the monetary compensation that your child will require for future medical care. While not all cases of CP are caused by medical malpractice, a competent Iowa cerebral palsy lawyer can look into the case and explain the options available to you – and Rasansky Law Firm will do this for no cost when you call 1-855-833-3707.
Primary Causes and Types of Cerebral Palsy
There are some circumstances under which malpractice results due to the nursing staff or obstetrician’s failure to diagnose any potential pregnancy risks and/or take appropriate proactive action. Oftentimes, medical professionals (including the obstetrician) may even fail to diagnose the existence of a poor fetal response during labor, or cut off oxygen to your child during labor which can lead to hypoxia.
There are five types of cerebral palsy each of which has a slightly different set of symptoms.
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy is characterized by increased muscle tone that results in stiff muscles and jerk movements.
- Athetoid Cerebral Palsy is characterized by slow and writhing movements in any part of the body.
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy affects coordination and balance and in most cases this includes depth perception.
- Mixed types of cerebral palsy with a common combination being that of spastic and athetoid.
The majority of children who suffer from cerebral palsy need a substantial amount of medical and physical care. Some of these expenses can relate to occupational and physical therapy, mobility/accessibility, medical bills, medication, and more.
Damage to specific parts of the brain as it is in its developing stages is the most-common cause of cerebral palsy. This can occur during the early stages of pregnancy while the brain is just beginning to develop, during delivery as the baby passes through the birth canal, or following delivery during the baby’s first few days. However, in some cases it is impossible to pinpoint the exact cause of the brain damage. By having an attorney take a look at the facts of your case for free, you can not only have a better understanding of how the injury occurred, you may even discover that your child has a valid claim for recoverable damages.
Technically speaking, an inadequate supply of oxygen is usually blamed for the development of cerebral palsy. There are a number of factors that could cause an inadequate supply of oxygen to reach the baby that include the following:
- Compression on the umbilical cord
- Cord wrapped around the baby’s neck
- Excessive contractions
- Contractions that are too strong
- Forceful extraction methods (such as forceps delivery or vacuum extraction) can also cause damage to the brain
Sometimes a lack of oxygen that leads to brain injury can occur after birth, commonly because of inadequate resuscitation efforts by medical professionals.
When to Seek Legal Assistance
You should definitely consider at least consulting with a lawyer. Consultations are free, and if you decide to pursue a claim, our law firm charges you nothing unless we actually recover money through a settlement or trial verdict. There’s literally no risk involved.
If your baby has been diagnosed with any of the following conditions, it is especially important that you speak to a cerebral palsy attorney in Iowa as soon as possible:
- Hypoxic injury
- Brain injury obvious on MRI or CT scan of the brain or ultrasound
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
- Respiratory Distress Syndrome
- Intraventricular Hemorrhage
- Periventricular Leukomalacia
If the baby is diagnosed with any of the above, there is a good possibility that the brain injury is the result of negligence on the part of the nursing staff, physicians (including obstetricians), or midwives who were present during the labor and delivery phase of the birth.
While there is no cure for cerebral palsy, when treatment is begun early in the child’s life, it is possible to reduce the symptoms that are normally associated with the condition. There are many different therapies available, most of which fall under the supervision of either a medical professional or allied health specialist.
The treatment plans can be very expensive and will continue for a lifetime, so to offset those costs, consulting a cerebral palsy lawyer in Iowa is in your best interest. You want to be sure you always have the funds that are necessary for your child’s ongoing care, and the attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm can help. Call us today for a free consultation, toll-free at 1-855-833-3707.