Cerebral palsy is a condition caused by a cut-off of the supply of oxygen to a fetus during labor and childbirth. The longer the baby is without oxygen supply to the brain, the more severe cerebral palsy may be. Effects of cerebral palsy may range from a slight limp to total disability. Early, effective therapy offers hope to many families whose babies suffer from cerebral palsy following difficult deliveries.
The soon-to-be-born baby may lose oxygen supply for any number of reasons, such as the following:
- Umbilical cord wrapped around the baby's neck
- Baby trapped in birth canal because of excessive fetal size
- Birth attendants' failure to monitor the fetus properly
During prenatal care, an obstetrician should identify risk factors such as pre-eclampsia and plan accordingly. Obstetric crews should be alert for potential fetal distress — and when it occurs, a doctor may decide that a Cesarean section is necessary. A timely C-section can often prevent hypoxic brain injury leading to cerebral palsy.
Not Just Another Birth Injury Law Firm
The Jasmer Law Firm is known for our extraordinary ability to maximize the value of our clients' cases. When we accept a case on behalf of a cerebral palsy victim, we do so because we believe in our clients' right to fair compensation for medical negligence — and we are ready to fight for it.
Our intimate knowledge of the issues involved in medical malpractice and personal injury litigation has resulted in an impressive track record of success. The Jasmer Law Firm is a master at navigating the way through the complexities of significant cases involving the interpretation of prenatal care standards of care and use or misuse of fetal monitor strips in a birth injury medical negligence case. Mr. Jasmer's encyclopedic understanding of the law and persuasive skills are formidable weapons in his clients' arsenals when it is time to fight for fair compensation for a baby or child who must live with cerebral palsy because of medical negligence.
Certain aspects of a birth injury may be considered by some people to be "acts of God" or "accidents of nature." However, mistakes performed by humans charged with the task of assisting in the delivery of a baby are often preventable. They are not accidents so much as they are evidence of negligence. It is no exaggeration to say that failure to perform a timely C-section is a leading cause of cerebral palsy.
Illinois Birth Injury Attorney
The Jasmer Law Firm offers free initial consultations for parents of children suffering from cerebral palsy. Mr. Jasmer is available for evening and weekend appointments and can come to your hospital or home if needed. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we don't charge lawyer fees until and unless we obtain monetary compensation for you. David S. Jasmer has helped achieve over $85 million total in verdicts and settlements since 1996.
To contact Chicago cerebral palsy attorney David Jasmer, call 312-386-7011 or 866-920-6021.