Phoenix Cerebral Palsy Lawyer
Arizona Doctor Negligence Attorney
Cerebral palsy is not always obvious at the time of birth. It can take time for parents and pediatricians to begin noticing signs of brain and nerve damage. As soon as you notice the signs of cerebral palsy, discuss your concerns with a cerebral palsy specialist.
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At the law firm of Snyder & Wenner, P.C. in Phoenix, Arizona, we have nurses on staff, a lawyer with a medical background and more than 25 years' experience with complex medical malpractice cases. We have medical experts available to investigate what happened at the time of birth and whether medical negligence or malpractice caused cerebral palsy.
What are the possible causes of cerebral palsy?
The causes and severity of cerebral palsy vary from one child to another. CP affects brain or nerve functions and usually causes lifelong impairment and a loss of movement. It is often caused by a loss of oxygen (anoxia or hypoxia) before, during or immediately following birth. Medical errors than can cause cerebral palsy include:
- A failure to respond quickly enough to an expectant mother's health condition
- A failure to detect prenatal asphyxia caused by the umbilical cord
- A failure to perform a C-section when the mother or baby is in distress
- A failure to get the baby out of the birth canal quickly enough
- A failure to monitor the baby's health after the birth
What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?
As a baby begins to grow and develop, parents may notice symptoms that may indicate cerebral palsy. Among the most recognizable are:
- Slow physical development
- Abnormal or decreased muscle tone
- Unusual body posture (either stiff or loose)
- Problems swallowing
- Involuntary movements
- Vision and hearing problems
Did a medical error cause your child's cerebral palsy?
Not every case of cerebral palsy was caused by medical mistakes. A careful review of the birth medical records can help determine what happened. Contact an attorney who has extensive experience with investigating birth injuries including cerebral palsy. At Snyder & Wenner, P.C., our medical malpractice attorneys have the experience and compassion to review you child's case. The consultation is free.