How Can I Tell If My Child's Cerebral Palsy Was Caused By Medical Malpractice

Once parents know their child has suffered cerebral palsy or other complication at birth, they often wonder what went wrong. It is a perfectly natural response, but one that is unlikely to bring any answers without specific knowledge or experience.

If your child has suffered cerebral palsy or other birth injuries, it is important to take immediate action and talk with a lawyer who can help you determine whether you have a viable case.

At Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices, we represent families of children who have suffered cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence. With offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we represent clients throughout the country in all types of birth injury and other medical malpractice claims. We have more than 40 years of experience, a legal nurse consultant on staff and a remarkable track record of successful case results, we can help you determine whether your child's cerebral palsy was a result of a mistake, misdiagnosis, lack of oxygen or other type of medical malpractice.

Warning Signs Of Potential Medical Negligence

Once it is determined that your child has cerebral palsy, the first thing to consider is the timing of the symptoms. In the majority of cerebral cases caused by some kind of birth trauma, the symptoms begin immediately at the time of birth. When the symptoms begin appearing slowly over time, most likely do not result from trauma at birth.

When considering your situation, ask yourself:

  • What was the child's behavior at birth? Was the child subdued and quiet immediately or active and crying? High levels of emotional turmoil and corresponding crying is a sign of a healthy baby at birth. Conversely, when a child is quiet and not crying immediately after birth, it can be an infant brain damage, birth defects or other problems resulting from a mistake or malpractice on the part of the medical team involved in the birth.
  • What was the child's appearance at birth? In many cases involving serious birth trauma, the evidence becomes clear immediately in the child's appearance. Was the child an odd color at birth, or were there other signs of physical distress at birth? This might be a sign that serious injuries occurred at childbirth which could have resulted in cerebral palsy.

As a general rule of thumb, we look first to whether there were serious signs of distress at birth to begin the determination that some medical negligence might have been involved. However, there are many nuances involved. Talk with an experienced legal team as soon as possible to determine whether you have a claim.

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We offer free initial consultations, so you can speak with our legal nurse consultant Margaret Oberts and an attorney about your case. Call us at 888-396-3914 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free initial consultation.