Cerebral Palsy is the most common form of brain injury caused by malpractice in New York. Cerebral Palsy is what is known as a static brain injury, meaning once the injury occurs, there is no further damage to vulnerable brain cells. Of course, the fact that no further damage occurs is little comfort to a family whose child will face a lifetime of physical challenges and enormous costs for therapy and care.
The New York brain injury lawyers at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC have recovered millions and millions of dollars on behalf of babies whose Cerebral Palsy was caused by the malpractice of New York doctors.
When Cerebral Palsy in New York is caused by malpractice, the cause is almost always due to a lack of enough oxygen in the hours and minutes before birth. A baby in his/hers mothers womb is reliant on the mother’s blood to deliver life-giving oxygen through the placenta and umbilical cord. The umbilical cord is literally the baby’s lifeline, carrying oxygen and nutrients to the baby’s rapidly developing brain. Anything that decreases the amount of oxygen rich blood reaching the brain through the umbilical cord can cause brain cells to be injured or die, causing the specific brain injury called Cerebral Palsy.
When the baby moves down the birth canal, typically head first, the umbilical cord trails behind like a leash. Sometimes during labor the baby’s head comes in contact with the cord and compresses it, causing a drop in blood flow. If the compression is severe enough, and long enough, brain injury can occur.
Most labors today are monitored by the use of a fetal heart monitor, which electronically measures the baby’s heart rate beat by beat, along with the mother’s contractions. Doctor’s learned decades ago that certain patterns appear on the monitor when the baby is undergoing abnormal stress caused by some oxygenation. If the pattern is clear enough and delivery is not imminent, doctors are trained to intervene by c-section to rescue the baby before brain damage occurs.
The New York brain injury lawyers at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC are trained to recognize those instances where the doctors improperly delayed in recognizing distress and moving on to emergency c-section to rescue the baby.
New York law has recently recognized that if a baby at term or close to term is stillborn as a result of medical malpractice, the mother likely will be caused significant mental and emotional stress and depression.
If you believe your baby was stillborn or suffered a brain injury in New York as a result of malpractice, contact us today to schedule a free consultation and take advantage of our no- fee guarantee. Call 1.800.405.7783 to talk with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.