Cerebral Palsy: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Medical Negligence (Pt. 3)
September 3, 2014
Here is the conclusion to our blog series Cerebral Palsy: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Medical Negligence. While the first two parts of this blog focused on the incidence, types and symptoms of cerebral palsy, here we will take a closer look at the diagnosis of cerebral palsy and what types of negligence may contribute to cases of cerebral palsy.
Diagnosing Cerebral Palsy
Diagnosing cerebral palsy will usually involve a combination of medical interventions, some of which include:
- Ongoing monitoring of a child’s development
- Administering certain screening tests
- Conducting specific medical evaluations to assess a child’s cognitive and motor abilities.
Many cerebral palsy diagnoses occur within a child’s first three years of life.
When Negligence Causes Cerebral Palsy or Other Birth Injuries
Tragically, there will be some cases of cerebral palsy that may have stemmed from the mistakes or reckless behavior of a medical professional before, during or immediately after a child’s birth. Specifically, such medical negligence can come in the form of:
- Failing to recognize (and immediately respond to) signs of maternal or fetal distress during labor, birth or immediately after birth
- Failing to treat a maternal infection (like, for instance, meningitis)
- Failing to promptly treat umbilical cord prolapse (when the umbilical cord wraps around a baby’s neck and beings to suffocate him)
- Failing to perform a C-section when one is clearly necessary
- Improper use of forceps and/or vacuum extraction.
Here, it’s important to point out that:
- There may be other forms of medical negligence that can contribute to the birth injuries that cause cerebral palsy.
- Because it may not always be obvious if or when some type of medical negligence has contributed to cerebral palsy, it’s critical to consult with an experienced birth injury attorney for a professional case evaluation.
Portland Birth Injury Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm
Has your child been diagnosed with cerebral palsy? If so, the Portland birth injury attorneys at the Savage Law Firm can help you determine whether negligence may have contributed to your child’s condition. Since 1977, we have been dedicated to providing each of our clients with the highest quality legal services, and we are ready to advocate your rights if you are entitled to compensation for your child’s birth injuries.
At the Savage Law Firm, our commitment to meeting the highest professional standards of legal representation motivates us to consistently build our clients the strongest possible cases, be accessible to our clients at every stage of their case and do whatever it takes to help them obtain the best possible outcomes.
Contact Us to Discuss Your Case
Our Portland birth injury attorneys encourage you to learn more about your rights and case by setting up a free initial consult. To learn more about our legal services and what we can do for you, call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page.
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