Cerebral palsy is a group of chronic disorders that affect control of movement that begin to appear in the first years of life. It is a condition that directly affects the nerves that regulate the muscles and body control. Victims of cerebral palsy may experience difficulties with fine motor tasks and issues with maintaining balance. Each case is different, but it is common for those suffering from cerebral palsy to face a lifetime of medical, emotional, educational, and social challenges.
Cerebral palsy is a birth injury that often occurs due to oxygen deprivation at birth. It occurs when oxygen is cut off to the unborn baby. In some cases, this could occur because of the twisting of the umbilical cord. Others may suffer from oxygen deprivation during a breach delivery. These tragic birth injuries are often preventable with proper fetal monitoring.
It is a doctor’s responsibility to carefully monitor an unborn baby and the mother to make sure that the baby is getting enough oxygen. Did the doctor foresee possible issues with the baby but failed to act? Was the baby too big to safely make the passage through the birth canal? Did the doctor order a C-section in time to prevent an injury? Did the medical staff fail to monitor the baby’s heartbeat?
When it is determined that a medical professional failed to prevent a birth injury during labor, the doctor, hospital staff, and/or the hospital can be held accountable for the injuries caused. The family of the injured child can file an Oklahoma medical malpractice claim seeking compensation for the serious damage that was caused by medical negligence.
The skilled birth injury lawyers in Oklahoma City at Maples Law Firm have a proven track record of handling birth injury cases and helping injured victims and their families obtain fair compensation for their losses. Please contact us at (888) 226-6159 to discuss your potential claim.