If you learned that your child experienced an injury during birth, you may feel devastated and overwhelmed. This is especially true when it is possible that the injury could have a long-term, if not permanent, impact on your child, such as the development of cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is a serious medical condition that will have a permanent effect on your child, his or her development and his or her future. Sadly, this condition can be the result of a lack of oxygen at some point in the birthing process, and many times, it is preventable. If you believe that your baby suffered because of the action or inaction of your Georgia doctor, you would have the right to seek financial compensation.
What happened during the birthing process?
Many occurrences could ultimately result in a diagnosis of cerebral palsy in the future. When a baby does not have enough oxygen before birth, immediately after or during the actual birthing process, he or she could suffer permanent damage in the form of cerebral palsy. Some of the ways this can happen include the following:
- The mother took a medication prescribed by the doctor during pregnancy that ultimately resulted in harm to the baby.
- The doctor did not provide the oxygen needed by the mother or the baby during birth.
- Bleeding in the brain caused by head injury sustained during the birthing process could result in a devastating lack of oxygen.
- The doctor allowed an unreasonable delay in performing a C-section or other necessary intervention that could have prevented harm to the baby.
If you experienced any of these things and your baby suffered as a consequence, you would be wise to seek a complete evaluation of your case. It is possible that you have a valid claim to compensation through a medical malpractice claim against the liable parties.
Who is responsible for my child’s suffering?
When your child suffers unnecessarily because of the actions or negligence of a medical professional, you do not have to deal with the aftermath alone. Cerebral palsy is a serious medical condition, and your child will need continued care both now and long into the future.
It is possible to hold responsible parties accountable for the suffering of your child and your family. When a birth injury leaves a permanent mark on the life or your child, you would be wise to take quick action to protect the long-term interests of your family.