When a child is born with cerebral palsy, he or she may not be able to walk and talk in the same way as other children. He or she is likely to need significant medical care and assistance. As a parent of a child with cerebral palsy, you are likely to face significant challenges.
At Miller & Wagner, our goal is to help parents obtain the financial resources they will need to meet those challenges when cerebral palsy is caused by negligence in the labor and delivery process. With offices in Pacific City and Portland, our lawyers represent families throughout Oregon and southwestern Washington in cases of medical malpractice causing serious injury. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
What Caused My Child’s Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is frequently caused by obstetrical negligence, such as delayed delivery or failure to respond appropriately to fetal stress, resulting a cutoff of the oxygen supply to the child’s brain.
Proving medical negligence in cases of cerebral palsy is difficult, as the condition may have causes other than medical negligence. For example, cerebral palsy may be caused by an infectious disease during pregnancy, a genetic mutation or fetal stroke. In some cases, it is difficult to determine the cause. Our attorneys will work with experts to determine if your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by medical negligence.
Difficult births are not uncommon. However, careful monitoring and appropriate responses to fetal stress (such as emergency C-section) may allow families to avoid injuries such as cerebral palsy.