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Cerebral Palsy Attorney in Oregon

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A birth injury can be one of the most devastating things a parent must endure. Not only do they see their precious child suffering, but often times they know this suffering was likely preventable if medical malpractice hadn't occurred. If your child is suffering from cerebral palsy and you are unsure of where to turn, know that you are not alone. Our Portland birth injury attorney at The Law Offices of Patrick L. Block, P.C. is here to provide the compassionate counsel, insight, and advocacy you and your family need during this difficult time.

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a medical condition that includes a wide group of chronic "palsies," which are disorders that result in impaired control of movement. It is caused by damage to the developing brain, which is why it is a birth or early childhood injury. The condition primarily affects muscle control, which means that the most simple of movements will be difficult for a victim. Furthermore, vital functions including breathing, bladder control, eating, and learning may also be difficult for a child.

There are three types of cerebral palsy:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy – stiffness and difficulty with movement
  • Athetoid cerebral palsy – involuntary and uncontrolled movement
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy – impaired balance and depth perception

The same brain damage that causes cerebral palsy can have other health implications, such as blindness, hearing loss, and speech problems. It can also cause learning disabilities, which can greatly impact your child's future. There is no known cure for cerebral palsy, making it a permanent and irreversible condition.

However, there are treatment options, including physical therapy, medical equipment, and even surgery, that can lessen the impact of symptoms. While potentially improving the quality of life for your child, these are all relatively expensive options. If your child's condition was caused by the negligence of an obstetrician or other medical professional, your family should not have to suffer the financial burden.

When is an obstetrician liable?

Cerebral palsy can be caused by a number of unavoidable and genetic factors. Additional causes include severe jaundice, Rh incompatibility, physical and metabolic trauma, and oxygen deprivation. It is important to note that while these causes are natural, they can be treated if a competent doctor recognizes them and takes action. Additionally, an obstetrician will be considered liable if he or she failed to live up to the standard of care of medical professionals and did not act according to protocol.

Examples of negligence that can lead to cerebral palsy include:

  • Doctor's failure to recognize need for a C-section
  • Unreasonable delay in performing a procedure
  • Harmful prescription drug given during pregnancy
  • Prolonged bleeding after delivery that is not attended to
  • Mistreatment of a premature birth
  • Unrecognized infections during pregnancy

When a doctor or care provider fails to identify the warning signs or take care to properly address a medical emergency during the birth process, it can lead to devastating damage to the brain, ultimately causing cerebral palsy. Proving negligence can require extensive research and testimony from a medical expert. Our team has medical experts on hand who can evaluate your case and determine what actions a competent doctor would have taken to avoid causing or amplifying your child's condition.

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If your child is suffering from cerebral palsy or another similar birth injury due to medical negligence, you need to reach out to our firm right away. We understand how difficult and overwhelming this time can be, which is why we are here to provide the solid support and guidance you need. Our Portland medical malpractice lawyer can utilize over 20 years of experience and insight to craft a strong case on your behalf. When you come to us, you can rest assured knowing you will receive personalized counsel and representation.

We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don't pay a single penny unless we win your case. Contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation with our compassionate legal team.