Dangers of Injury at Childbirth
Although there are a variety of causes for cerebral palsy (CP) and erb’s palsy, a majority happen during childbirth. Because infants are in a very fragile state, obstetricians and anesthesiologists must be well trained in order to ensure that the child is delivered safely. Unfortunately, medical professionals sometimes handle the delivery unskillfully or administer anesthesia incorrectly, both of which severely increase the risk of the child suffering brain damage and developing CP or erb’s palsy.
If a medical professional’s negligent care caused your child to develop cerebral palsy or erb’s palsy, you may be able to hold them accountable for the financial compensation you need to help pay for your child’s medical expenses and other costs. Call our cerebral palsy attorneys at The Driscoll Firm at (800) 305-9800 to speak with an informative member of our legal team.
Harmful Mistakes Made during Childbirth
When medical professionals do not handle a pregnant woman’s delivery with the utmost skill and care, they are putting the innocent child at risk of harm. A few of the ways in which a physician might carelessly harm a child include:
- Jerking the head and neck in the same direction during delivery, damaging the nerves and causing the child to develop erb’s palsy
- Allowing the child to asphyxiate during delivery, causing brain damage and the development of CP
- Incorrectly administering an epidural anesthetic to the mother during childbirth, forcing her heart rate to drop and starving the child of oxygen, causing brain damage and the development of CP
These are all preventable errors which medical professionals should know not to make. Thus, when they cause a child to develop erb’s palsy or cerebral palsy as a result, they should be held liable for the ensuing costs.
If your child suffers from cerebral palsy or erb’s palsy because of a doctor’s negligent care, call an experienced cerebral palsy lawyer at The Driscoll Firm today for a free case evaluation at (800) 305-9800.