There are several causes of cerebral palsy, a condition that can affect your child’s muscle tone, posture and movement. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you should speak with a birth injury attorney to discuss filing a birth injury claim.
If your medical team contributed to your child’s cerebral palsy, you might be able to seek compensation for current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost earnings. Your Honolulu birth injury attorney will help determine who should be held accountable and the types of compensation to seek.
Common Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Some of the common causes of cerebral palsy include:
- Brain damage – this could result from your baby being stuck in the birth canal or the failure to deliver your baby within 24 hours of your water breaking.
- Maternal infections – German measles, cytomegalovirus, chicken pox, toxoplasmosis and syphilis increase the risk of developing cerebral palsy.
- Bleeding in the brain – cerebral palsy is one possible outcome if your child has broken or clogged blood vessels in the brain.
- Drug and alcohol abuse – substance abuse takes its toll on your child.
- Prolonged labor – if labor takes too long, your baby could be deprived of oxygen and consequently develop cerebral palsy.
- Excessive force during delivery – cerebral palsy can develop if your doctor is too forceful with the use of forceps or vacuum extraction.
The cost of raising a child with cerebral palsy is very expensive. Through a Hawaii birth injury claim, you might be able to hold your doctor, nurses and hospital accountable to get the necessary compensation to help your child face life’s challenges.
Contact a Birth Injury Attorney
After a serious birth injury you should be able to spend your time focusing on your child’s recovery, not dealing with insurance adjusters, never-ending paperwork and complicated legalese. Hawaii attorneys Davis Levin Livingston will fight for your rights while you focus on your child’s healing. Serving birth injury victims on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, Kauai and beyond. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – 1-866-806-4349.