Cerebral Palsy Attorneys in Pittsburgh
If Your Family Needs Help After a Devastating Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis, Talk to Our Caring Team
At Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C., we help families who have suffered as a result of birth injuries. One form of birth injury is cerebral palsy, a group of disorders characterized by impaired motor function and commonly caused by a lack of oxygen to the baby's brain during birth.
Not every case of cerebral palsy is the result of medical malpractice, but some are. Our attorneys will carefully investigate your case to help you determine whether you can pursue compensation for the hardships your child faces.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to an infant's brain. While some cases of cerebral palsy occur due to genetics and other unpreventable causes, many more are caused by the negligent actions of a medical professional.
The following causes of cerebral palsy can be attributed to malpractice:
- Infections: There are several maternal infections that can cause brain damage that leads to cerebral palsy. During prenatal check-ups, your doctor should screen you for all types of infections that can harm the baby.
- Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy: HIE is a combination of restricted blood flow and lack of oxygen to the baby. If the baby's brain does not receive enough oxygen-rich blood, they can suffer permanent brain damage.
- Failure to perform a C-section: If the health of the baby is in question, a doctor should recommend a Cesarean section so that the baby can be delivered as quickly as possible. Failure to do so can cause the baby to suffer brain damage.
- Use of Pitocin or other delivery enhancing drug: Drugs that are designed to increase contractions or speed up labor can put too much pressure on the baby, causing restricted blood flow.
The Effects of Cerebral Palsy
Children born with cerebral palsy are forced to contend with a lifetime of challenges. Cerebral palsy affects muscle control and coordination and can impair motor function, vision, speech, and learning capabilities.
In handling a cerebral palsy lawsuit, an attorney must consider the needs the child will face during their lifetime and the financial hardships this might cause for the whole family. Children with cerebral palsy may require physical therapy, special diets, adaptive equipment, and even surgery, in addition to accessible education and living accommodations.
Consult Our Supportive Legal Team
Our firm works with experienced medical professionals to make our cases as informative and extensive as possible. We will work closely with you to help you pursue full and fair compensation that covers your present-day needs as well as needs you will face in the future.
Does your child have cerebral palsy due to a doctor’s negligence during their birth? Call us now at (844) 383-0565 to speak with an experienced Pittsburgh cerebral palsy lawyer. We offer free consultations.