March 18, 2011

Birth Injury Lawsuit Filed After Child Born with Cerebral Palsy

by Levin & Perconti

As we have often discussed on this blog, each day children are born with the often debilitating muscle disorder known as cerebral palsy. Sadly, many of those infants could have avoided acquiring the birth injury if only the medical professionals involved in their delivery would have acted consistent with recognized medical standards.

Cerebral palsy is a muscle disorder—affecting muscle tone, posture, and movement. Signs of the problem appear very early on in an infant’s life. There remain varieties of possible causes, but several of those causes original during childbirth itself. Far too often medical practitioners use inadequate procedures, causing a child to develop cerebral palsy.

That appears to be the case in a new birth injury lawsuit that was recently reported on in the St. Petersburg Times. A family is suing the Bayfront Medical Center after their infant was born blind and with cerebral palsy. According to the suit, the doctors used a device known as a vacuum extractor to essentially pull the young child out of the mother’s womb. The use of the device caused the young boy hemorrhage—leading to the brain injury and resulting medical disabilities. The family is claiming that the child should have instead been born through a Cesarean section, which would have prevented the injury.

The vacuum extractor is a device first used in the 1950s. Its use has decreased over the years, as many feel it presents unnecessary risk of complications. Its use is particularly dangerous to use the device on pre-term infants (as was the case in this suit). The nurses at the hospital were aware of this extra risk, but they failed to do anything to stop the vacuum being used.

Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti are experienced handlers of birth injury lawsuits—including those involving cerebral palsy. We have recovered millions of dollars in awards for victims of these sorts of birth injuries, proving the funds to provide the lifelong care needed. If you believe that a medical professional’s negligence caused your child to suffer from cerebral palsy, contact our Chicago cerebral palsy lawyers and seek justice.

See Our Related Blog Posts:

Cerebral Palsy Primer: What It Is & When It Arises

Family Receives $19.2 Million Verdict For Child’s Birth Injury