The birth of a child is a truly wonderful event, but it can be marred when one’s newborn suffers from a birth injury, such as cerebral palsy. Most studies indicate that cerebral palsy can manifest itself before and during labor. If the attending doctor does not catch this unfortunate development on time, and the child does end up suffering from such an injury, the parents may opt to file a suit for medical malpractice in court.
In a recent article posted in The Daily Record, a family in Baltimore, Maryland did exactly that when their child suffered cerebral palsy following a misstep by the obstetrician to correctly perform a Caesarian section, even after evidence suggested that the child was experiencing low oxygen levels. The presiding Judge Christopher B. Kehoe stated:
“Jaylan’s experts, each with decades of relevant professional experience, explained the sequence of events that deprived Jaylan of the reserves that normally protect fetuses during labor and left him vulnerable to the deprivation of oxygen that occurred shortly before his birth,”
According to the article, leading up to the child’s birth, both mother and child had already experienced high blood pressure. As such, the doctor decided to induce labor earlier than the expected time. While the mother was in labor, the fetal heart rate indicated that the baby’s oxygen levels were low, yet the doctor still opted to continue with the labor instead of undergoing a Caesarian section. As a result, the child ended up with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, leaving the child wheelchair-bound for life.
Cases of medical malpractice such as these require professional guidance. For New Yorkers who might or have experienced a similar situation can enlist the aid of professional birth injury lawyers in Brooklyn, such as those from The Law Offices of Joseph Lichtenstein. These lawyers are adept in handling cases that involve birth-related injuries that were the result of medical malpractice or oversight, such as cerebral palsy.
It is important for parents to be knowledgeable of their lawyer’s track record and experience in the subject matter, as these cases tend to be very complex. As such, employing the services of a capable New York birth injury lawyer is one way to get closer to attaining justice.
(Source: CSA affirms $20.6M award in birth-injury case, The Daily Record, September 26, 2014)