Georgia Cerebral Palsy Attorneys
Serving Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, and all other Georgia cities
At ABC Law Centers (Reiter & Walsh, P.C.), we understand that finding resources for children with cerebral palsy can be difficult. We aim to help parents find the information and support they need to make sure their child is cared for properly. Our birth injury attorneys fight to obtain justice and lifetime care for children with CP as a result of a birth injury across Georgia.
What is cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a motor disorder caused by damage or abnormalities in the part of the brain that controls movement. Cerebral palsy has varying levels of severity. A cerebral palsy diagnosis can therefore be associated with many possible conditions, including joint/bone deformities, vision issues, hearing issues, cognitive impairments, epilepsy, intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and others. While cerebral palsy is not always associated with medical malpractice, it can often be linked to inadequate care during the mother’s pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
What causes cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy can result from a number of different causes. However, in many cases, it is the result of brain damage from lack of oxygen that occurs around the time of birth (i.e. a birth injury). The following complications and medical errors may cause or increase the risk of cerebral palsy (1):
- Abnormal fetal position/presentation
- Birth trauma
- Brain bleeds (intracranial hemorrhages)
- Delayed c-section
- Forceps and vacuum extractor injuries
- Low birth weight
- Maternal infections
- Meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS)
- Mismanaged fetal distress
- Mismanaged high-risk pregnancy
- Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL)
- Placental abruption
- Premature birth
- Prolonged and arrested labor
- Umbilical cord problems
- Uterine tachysystole/hyperstimulation
- Uterine rupture
What is HIE?
Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), also referred to as birth asphyxia or neonatal encephalopathy, is brain damage caused specifically by insufficient oxygenated blood flow near the time of birth (2). Often HIE can be prevented by diligent fetal monitoring and timely intervention in response to complications. Medical malpractice occurs when doctors miss opportunities to prevent HIE or perform negligent actions that cause HIE.
HIE, like cerebral palsy, can be caused by many different birth complications, including (2):
- Abnormal fetal presentation
- C-section errors and delays
- Cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD)
- Fetal monitoring errors
- Failure to recognize signs of fetal distress
- High-risk pregnancy
- Infections in newborns
- Maternal infections
- Placental complications
- Preterm birth
- Umbilical cord issues
Georgia legal help with cerebral palsy and HIE
If your child’s development isn’t progressing typically or they aren’t meeting developmental milestones, and you’re concerned that medical malpractice may have been involved, please contact the Georgia cerebral palsy attorneys and the Georgia HIE attorneys at ABC Law Centers. Our lawyers and on-staff nurse consultants are dedicated to helping parents with birth injuries secure their children’s futures. Firm partner Rebecca Walsh is admitted to practice all over Georgia and is devoted to ensuring that families who have experienced a birth injury in Georgia get the reparations they deserve.
We have a history of numerous multi-million dollar birth injury verdicts and settlements, and our attorneys have won many awards for their outstanding work. We can provide you with a free and confidential case evaluation and explain your legal options. If you decide you would like to pursue legal action for securing your child’s future, we can go through the possibilities and help bring you peace of mind, knowing your child will be cared for – no matter what. We do not charge any fees for the legal process unless we win.
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- Cerebral Palsy Attorneys | Birth Injury Lawyers. (n.d.). Retrieved May 23, 2019, from https://www.abclawcenters.com/practice-areas/types-of-birth-injuries/cerebral-palsy/#causes-cp
- Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE): Legal Help for Birth Injuries. (n.d.). Retrieved January 10, 2020, from https://www.abclawcenters.com/practice-areas/prenatal-birth-injuries/fetus-or-newborn-medical-problems/hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy/.