Cerebral Palsy Cases in Las Vegas, NV
Did your child suffer an injury at birth?
Cerebral palsy is a physical developmental disability that impairs motor
functions. For many individuals, this disability begins at birth. The
excitement of a new life can quickly change into anxiety in the event
of a traumatic birth. If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy
at birth, you may have legal options before you. Cerebral palsy is not
always the result of medical malpractice, but sometimes it can.
Traumatic births are one of the most common causes of this developmental
disability. Obstetricians must be prepared to combat this trauma head-on so that the
infant can be delivered healthy. When doctors and other medical professionals
fail in this duty, infants can suffer from hypoxia of the brain, asphyxia
and more. Did a doctor diagnose your child with cerebral palsy? If this
condition was avoidable, Shook & Stone may be able to assist.
Speak with a
Las Vegas personal injury attorney from our firm so that we can learn more about your case and we can better
inform you of your legal options.
Asphyxia, Hypoxia & Other Complications
Fetal asphyxia is a condition that causes the infant to lose respiratory
function. If the infant suffers from restricted breathing for long enough,
the child can suffer from lifetime injuries such as brain damage and cerebral
palsy. A trained obstetrician should be able to notice the possible signs
of fetal asphyxia and address accordingly before there is permanent damage.
Among those possible signs are: compression of the umbilical cord, prolonged
labor and breech delivery. Intrauterine hypoxia is another potential precursor
to cerebral palsy. This also occurs when the baby does not have an adequate
supply of oxygen either before or during delivery. Both hypoxia and asphyxia
can damage the cells of the CNS (central nervous system) which comprises
the brain and spinal cord. CNS damage caused by hypoxia and asphyxia can
lead to disorders such as epilepsy, ADHD and cerebral palsy.
Proper Procedure for Obstetricians
Many times, the mother and the obstetrician do not directly cause traumatic
birth. It is often factors such as the mother's family history, health
and other factors. While this is often not preventable, obstetricians
are trained how to properly respond to a traumatic or prolonged birth
so that injury to the mother and child does not occur. If the obstetrician
detects signs of trauma, then they should immediately call for assistance
from other medical staff at the hospital. There should be trained physicians
standing by ready to perform any procedures necessary to assist with the birth.
The obstetrician should assess the best course of action. Should a ventouse
machine be used? What about forceps or a caesarian section? These are
all things the doctor should evaluate. The doctor should also be acutely
aware of the mother's medical history before delivery begins so that
the proper medications and surgical methods are used. If you believe that
injuries during the birth process were caused by the negligent or careless
actions of a medical professional, then you may have a personal injury
case on your hands.
Calling a Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney
If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, then you may or may not have a
birth injury case. Some birth injuries are caused by natural factors outside the physician's
control. Other times, obstetricians fail to follow standardized procedures
in the event of a complicated birth, and thereby fail to perform their
duty of care. If you believe malpractice is to blame for your child's
cerebral palsy, then we encourage you to contact us for a case evaluation.
At Shook & Stone, we treat every case with the care and attention
it deserves. We can evaluate your case to ascertain what the best course
of action would be.
Take the first step and
call a Nevada personal injury lawyer at Shook & Stone today.