Medical Negligence for Birth Injuries – Birth Asphyxia and Cerebral Palsy.

Picture - Hospital CorridorFor parents expecting the arrival of a new born child, the anticipation and excitement can be one of the best experiences an adult can have.  Parents pray for their baby to be born healthy.  Unfortunately, preventable birth injuries happen every year, sometimes from the negligence of a medical professional.

Cerebral palsy is one of the most common crippling diseases among young children.   A common cause of cerebral palsy is lack of oxygen to the brain that leads to brain damage.  Birth asphyxia – also known as perinatal asphyxia and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (or “HIE”) –can cause brain injuries that lead to cerebral palsy.  In fact, research has shown that birth asphyxia causes about ten percent of cerebral palsy cases.  Birth asphyxia occurs when there is lack of oxygen to a child’s brain during labor or delivery.   If this occurs, medical professionals must respond promptly and accurately or they can be liable for medical negligence

If you recently gave birth and one of your doctors or nurses mentioned any of the terms above, you should contact an attorney immediately.  If a medical professional was at fault, they may be required to pay for the compensation that will be needed to care for your child with cerebral palsy.

If you have any questions about birth asphyxia for your child, contact the attorneys at DeBlasio & Gower LLC today, at 630-560-1123.

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