Birth injuries and complications can often be prevented if the attending doctors, nurses, and other staff are able to maintain appropriate care during the delivery process. However, if medical providers fail to uphold a proper standard of treatment, the results can be devastating for families. If your child sustained a birth injury like cerebral palsy, our experienced West Virginia attorneys can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
If you need the services of a skilled cerebral palsy attorney, please call Jim Leach Attorneys at Law today to schedule a free consultation. We represent clients in multiple West Virginia communities.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a disorder of the body’s motor functions caused by damage to a child’s developing brain. Though cerebral palsy can be caused by prenatal complications such as birth defects, infection, or premature birth, in many cases this condition stems from problems during the birth process itself, such as:
- Asphyxia during delivery.
- Head injuries sustained during delivery.
- Insufficient oxygen reaching the baby.
Unfortunately, in too many cases, oxygen flow to a baby is interrupted because hospital staff failed to provide adequate care and attention to during the delivery process.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy can be difficult to diagnose because some children display no sign of neurological difficulty until they’re as old as three. However, there are some indicators of the condition, including:
- Difficulty walking
- Diminished muscle control
- Muscle spasms
- Alternating between very loose and extremely rigid postures
- Seizures, in severe cases
Do I Have a Cerebral Palsy Case?
If you suspect that your child is suffering from cerebral palsy, consult your family doctor as soon as possible. In the event that your child is diagnosed with this condition, our West Virginia medical malpractice attorney can build a medical malpractice claim on your family’s behalf.
Our lawyer will thoroughly investigate your case to determine whether or not negligence on the part of doctors, nurses, or other medical personnel resulted in the birth injury that caused your child’s cerebral palsy.
Children with cerebral palsy often require extensive, lifelong care. Though compensation varies based on the circumstances of each case, you might be entitled to damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Long-term care and rehabilitation
- Loss of consortium (disruption of the relationship between parents and their child)
- Pain and suffering
If your child suffered cerebral palsy due to medical negligence during the birthing process, please contact Jim Leach Attorneys at Law or call today to schedule a no-cost evaluation of your case. Our West Virginia attorney proudly serve clients in Parkersburg, Morgantown, and Charleston.