A New Jersey jury found a doctor was negligent in the case of a birth injury resulting in the infant’s development of cerebral palsy.
The family of the plaintiff alleged that if the emergency room doctor had not waited as long as he did to perform an emergency Cesarean section, their son would not have suffered the brain damage that caused his disability. According to testimony given by medical experts in Queens and Staten Island, the family’s allegations were true. They stated that had the doctor delivered the baby eight minutes earlier, he would have had the opportunity to live a normal and healthy life.
Cerebral palsy is a condition where muscles suffer from impaired coordination, also known as spastic paralysis. Other disabilities accompany the condition.
The condition usually occurs when injuries or abnormalities of the brain are caused before or after birth. In some cases, this birth injury can be caused by low levels of oxygen going to the brain.
In situations in which medical malpractice or misstep can be the attributing cause of cerebral palsy, a family can seek monetary compensation from the responsible parties. Seek out the competent aid of an expert to help you sift through the causes and effects to see if you have a case of malpractice.
Many patient with this condition developed it as they grew in the womb. Others developed because of accident or abuse within the first two years of life when the baby’s brain was still developing.
While there are several types of cerebral palsy, such as facial paralysis and brachial plexus injury (also known as Erbs palsy), some cases of cerebral palsy are a lifelong condition.
Cerebral palsy symptoms vary from person to person, ranging from very mild to severe. The condition can only involve one or both sides of the body; it can be more pronounced in either the arms or legs, or it can affect all four limbs.
Symptoms are usually seen in children younger than two years old and sometimes as early as three months. Parents notice that their child has a delay in developmental stages, such as sitting, rolling, crawling, or walking.
If you notice these symptoms in your child and feel that he/she may be a victim of medical negligence, it is important that you seek out a New York Birth Injury Attorney right away to begin the process of compensation.