March is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, an observation started in 2006. The intent of this month, according to the Cerebral Palsy Guide, is to “push for positive change in education programs, the healthcare system, and the job market to give opportunities to those living with cerebral palsy.” Cerebral Palsy Day, March 25th, focuses almost exclusively on promoting a more inclusive society for people living with cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is a disorder that impacts physical movement, muscle development, learning and speech abilities, growth, and more. Individuals with cerebral palsy may require assistive technology, such as wheelchairs, special schooling, and in-home care for life. Seizures, spasticity, and involuntary movements are common with cerebral palsy as well, which can make caring for individuals with the disorder more difficult as they become older.
Most cases of cerebral palsy are congenital. Some, however, are the result of medical negligence.
Around 20% of all cerebral palsy cases are a result of an injury sustained during labor or delivery. Most often related to oxygen deprivation, common causes of this type of birth injury include:
- Placental detachment
- Umbilical cord complications
- Uterine rupture
- Improper monitoring
- Faulty equipment
- Failure to provide emergency C-section
There can be numerous causes of birth injury. None of them are excusable. If your child was harmed by medical professionals during labor or delivery, you are entitled to hold the responsible parties accountable and to seek maximum compensation for your damages. This includes current and future expenses related to the care and support of your child, along with damages related to any physical and emotional suffering caused by the disorder.
You Need an Attorney
Medical malpractice is extremely difficult to prove. Studies have found that victims and their families only win around 50% of these cases when substantial evidence is provided. Cases with weak or insubstantial evidence fare even poorer, with as many as 90% falling in favor of the doctor. Having an experienced and aggressive legal team on your side helps to protect your best interests and may improve the support your child and your family receive.
Please call the Cifarelli Law Firm at 949-502-8600 to schedule a free case review today. We fight for children and their families throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.