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Birth Injury Attorney - What to Do When Your Child Is Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy

By Matthew Willens  Nov. 30, 2015 9:50a

Cerebral palsy is a congenital disorder affecting a child's movement and muscle tone. Treatment for cerebral palsy can last for years or a lifetime.

Cerebral palsy can be the result of medical negligence. Fetal monitoring is used to consistently observe a baby's heart rate during labor. A baby’s health relies on the right amount of oxygen during labor and delivery. A healthy heart rate indicates if the right amount of oxygen is present during labor. With proper monitoring, fetal distress is quickly detected. It is the responsibility of the medical staff to react appropriately to deliver a healthy baby.

If you suspect that your baby was in distress and the medical staff did not respond appropriately, you may be entitled to file a birth injury lawsuit. Cerebral palsy is a life-long condition that will forever affect the quality of life for your child. Contact a Chicago cerebral palsy attorney from Willens Law Offices to understand your legal options.

Proving Medical Negligence in a Birth Injury Case

In order to prove medical negligence, there must be evidence that the cerebral palsy was the result of a preventable error or that the medical staff deviated from the standard of care. It may not necessarily be the physician with whom the negligence lies. The nursing staff could be held responsible if they neglected to read or properly understand the results of the fetal monitor. In some instances they may be charged with failing to notify the physician of a pending crisis.

Compensation and Cerebral Palsy

Compensation from a birth injury lawsuit could ensure the future care of your child. Cerebral palsy is an illness that will need constant and expensive ongoing treatment. The financial burden can be daunting, but parents can rest a little easier knowing that their child will have access to the medical care they need for their entire life.

Chicago Birth Injury Attorney

Contact Willens Law Offices if your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy after birth. Cerebral palsy is not always a birth defect, but rather a permanent injury that in many cases could have been prevented. Call us at (312) 957-4166.

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