New York Cerebral Palsy Attorneys
Was Your Child the Victim of a Birth Injury?
Cerebral palsy is one of the most common forms of brain injuries caused by medical malpractice. Cerebral palsy is what is known as a static brain injury, meaning once the injury occurs, there is no further damage to vulnerable brain cells. Of course, the fact that no further damage occurs is little comfort to a family whose child will face a lifetime of physical challenges and enormous costs for therapy and care.
The New York cerebral palsy lawyers at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of babies whose cerebral palsy was the result of a doctor or health care provider’s negligence. We are ready to fight for your child’s future.
When Is Cerebral Palsy Caused by Malpractice?
When cerebral palsy is caused by malpractice, the cause is almost always due to a lack of enough oxygen in the hours and minutes before birth. A baby in the womb is reliant on the mother’s blood to deliver life-giving oxygen through the placenta and umbilical cord. The umbilical cord is literally the baby’s lifeline, carrying oxygen and nutrients to the baby’s rapidly developing brain. Anything that decreases the amount of oxygen-rich blood reaching the brain through the umbilical cord can cause brain cells to be injured or die, which can, in turn, lead to cerebral palsy.
When the baby moves down the birth canal, typically head first, the umbilical cord trails behind like a leash. Sometimes during labor, the baby’s head comes in contact with the cord and compresses it, causing a drop in blood flow. If the compression is severe and long enough, brain injury can occur.
How Delayed C-Section Can Lead to Infant Brain Damage
Today, labor is monitored by the use of a fetal heart monitor, which electronically measures the baby’s heart rate beat by beat, along with the mother’s contractions. Doctors learned decades ago that certain patterns appear on the monitor when the baby is undergoing abnormal stress caused by improper oxygenation. If the pattern is clear enough and delivery is not imminent, doctors are trained to intervene by C-section to rescue the baby before brain damage occurs.
The New York cerebral palsy lawyers at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC are trained to recognize those instances in which the doctor negligently delayed recognizing distress and failed to move on to an emergency C-section.
Damages for Parents
New York law has recently recognized that if a baby at term or close to term is stillborn as a result of medical malpractice, the mother likely will be caused significant mental and emotional stress and depression. As a result, she may seek damages in the event that the stillborn or infant death was the result of medical malpractice or negligence.
Contact Simonson Goodman Platzer PC Today
If you believe your child’s cerebral palsy was the result of a doctor or medical provider’s negligence, we encourage you to reach out to our legal team as soon as possible. You/your child could be entitled to financial compensation for resulting medical bills, pain and suffering, reduced life quality, and other damages, but there are time limits to when you can file. If you fail to file your claim within the state’s statute of limitations, you will be unable to collect any compensation for your losses.
At Simonson Goodman Platzer PC, we have a proven track record of success, having recovered compensation in 98% of the cases we have handled. With decades of experience, our attorneys are well-equipped to help you navigate the legal process and advocate for your maximum recovery.