South Carolina Cerebral Palsy Attorneys
Every year, about 8,000 newborns and infants are diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a condition that causes severe health problems and developmental delays. A child with cerebral palsy will require a lifetime of medical treatment, assisted nursing care, and other costly interventions.
Cerebral palsy is a birth injury that’s often caused by mistakes made during the prenatal period, in the delivery room, or shortly after an infant is born. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it may be due to medical malpractice. The experienced South Carolina birth injury attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will review your situation and advise you of your legal options.
Our firm has won millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Firm partner Jim Puga won a record-breaking $17.9 million medical malpractice verdict.
The attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have been recognized for providing our clients with superior service by Avvo and Super Lawyers, a rating agency that uses peer recommendations to determine which attorneys have attained the highest degree of professional achievement.
Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. is devoted to helping improve the well-being of families after a loved one has been injured by medical malpractice. We want your family to continue to enjoy all the wonderful things that South Carolina has to offer, like the Charleston Historic District, visiting Congaree National Park, or spending a day at the South Carolina State Museum.
The experienced South Carolina trial lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have earned an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubble, which is an honor bestowed on attorneys who demonstrate the highest ethical standards and legal ability. Our firm has also been recognized by Super Lawyers, an independent rating agency that evaluates candidates based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.
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Cerebral palsy is a group of neurological disorders that harm a child’s physical development, impacting movement, balance, and motor control. About half of all children with cerebral palsy also have learning disabilities.
Symptoms of cerebral palsy include:
- Loss of muscle control
- Excessive drooling
- Jerky motions
- Unusual posture
- Lack of muscle tone
- Loss of balance
- Hearing loss
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loss of bladder control
- Muscle spasms
- Delayed growth
- Difficulty speaking
- Bone and joint problems
- Difficulty sleeping
- Vision problems or blindness
- Failure to meet developmental milestones
Lack of oxygen to the brain causes brain damage that leads to cerebral palsy. This may result from prenatal infection or maternal conditions such as preeclampsia and diabetes.
A major cause of cerebral palsy is delivery room errors. An OB/GYN oversees the delivery room team, although a home birth may be attended by a midwife in South Carolina.
It’s important to monitor the baby’s vital signs throughout the delivery process. When complications threaten to cause oxygen deprivation, immediate action is required. The OB/GYN may have to order an emergency C-section to protect the health of the child and prevent birth injuries such as cerebral palsy.
Medical errors that cause cerebral palsy include:
- Failure to timely order a C-section
- Improper use of forceps
- Improperly handled breech birth
- Failure to diagnose meningitis
- Failure to recognize fetal stress
- Improper use of vacuum extraction
- Untreated jaundice
- Failure to monitor baby’s heart rate during labor
- Failure to treat umbilical cord issues during labor
- Failure to screen for rubella, chickenpox, toxoplasmosis, or cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- Failure to adequately monitor maternal and child health during the prenatal period
Although there is no cure for cerebral palsy, there are many types of assistance that can help your child live the fullest possible life. A team of medical, educational, and psychological professionals will design a program to help your child that includes the following interventions:
- Speech and language therapy
- Adaptive Physical Education (APE)
- Occupational and physical therapy
- Psychological counseling
- In-home care
- Housing assistance
- Special communication technology
- Physiotherapy to aid strength and movement
Patients with cerebral palsy require a lifetime of medical treatment and nursing care, generating astronomical expenses. Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will file a claim or lawsuit against anyone whose negligent behavior contributed to your child’s birth injuries. This may include doctors, nurses, hospital staff, administrators, pharmacists, and hospitals.
A claim or lawsuit for cerebral palsy birth injuries can cover the following types of damages:
- Current and future medical expenses
- In-home care
- Wheelchairs and other mobility aids
- Hearing aids
- Pain and suffering
- Speech therapy
- Loss of income
- Reduced quality of life
- Educational assistance
- Wheelchair access for your home
Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. has been helping South Carolina families get the resources they need to care for their children with birth injuries for over 40 years. Our South Carolina medical malpractice lawyers will fight to get you the compensation you rightfully deserve and protect your rights every step of the way.
Call us at (877) 433-3906 today. Let’s see how we can help.