Cerebral Palsy Attorney in Portland, OR
Portland Birth Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
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
with cerebral palsy.
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
brain damage that causes cerebral palsy can also 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
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
- 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.
Take Legal Action Today - Call Our Firm
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.