Cerebral palsy occurs for a variety of reasons, and many of them are involved with certain types of birth injuries. This condition can have a devastating effect on your child's future, and if a doctor's negligence is at fault, you should not hesitate to take legal action. You can find help in pursuing the compensation your family deserves by contacting The Tolson Firm, LLC to speak with an Atlanta medical malpractice attorney from our team. We have more than 17 years of experience fighting for our injured clients and their families, and have successfully litigated dozens of multi-million dollar settlements. Ms. Tolson has been named among the Top 100 Female Lawyers in Georgia and the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Georgia for four consecutive years, and we are ready to begin work on your case today.
Oxygen deprivation due to labor & delivery problems is among the leading causes of cerebral palsy. Brain injuries can occur within a short period of time when the supply of oxygen to the brain is reduced or restricted, and failure to treat the condition can lead to irreversible damage. If the child suffers hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a severe condition of oxygen deficiency in the brain, and does not receive treatment such as brain cooling in time, the resulting injury to the brain can lead to cerebral palsy. Another cause of this disease is when high levels of bilirubin in the baby's blood stream end up in the brain, leading to kernicterus.
The symptoms of cerebral palsy can range from difficulties with motor coordination and movement to muscle stiffness, involuntary movements and a disturbed sense of balance and depth perception. Your child may face a future of partial or full disability and may require ongoing care and treatment, as well as never being able to fully enjoy all that life has to offer. Detecting a birth injury of this type may begin with noticing that your child lacks muscle tone or seems to have difficulty with coordination. Whether you suspect that your baby has cerebral palsy or if you have already secured a diagnosis, you must begin work on pursuing a settlement early, as the statute of limitations could prevent you from later being able to claim damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit.