New Born with Cerebral Palsy Holding a FingerIf your child has suffered serious brain injury, resulting in Cerebral Palsy, you may be wondering if your child’s injuries are the result of medical malpractice. Could your baby’s injuries have been prevented? Did your doctors and other medical professionals follow proper medical protocol? We at d’Oliveira & Associates, help people like you every day. We understand that it is important for you to know the links between Cerebral Palsy and medical malpractice.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Often preventable by following medical protocols with reasonable care, Cerebral Palsy is caused by serious brain injury. It is a life-long debilitating condition.

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is injured by the action or inaction of a medical professional who failed to follow proper medical protocols for that particular situation.

Signs indicating medical malpractice may have caused your baby’s Cerebral Palsy

  • If medical personnel indicate that something during your labor and delivery should have been done differently or that something shouldn’t have happened as it did.
  • Your baby is admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
  • A medical specialist visits your baby.
  • Forceps or vacuum extraction were used.
  • Your baby was either blue at birth or did not cry at birth.
  • Your baby scored low on the Apgar test. Apgar scores range from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest possible score.
  • A cesarean is performed after hours and hours of attempted natural delivery.
  • The umbilical cord was wrapped around your baby’s neck during delivery.
  • Your baby’s heart rate dropped during delivery.
  • The baby has to stay in the hospital more than one night.

What you must prove

  • Your baby suffered brain injury.
  • Your baby’s doctor or your doctor (or any other medical professional) did not follow proper medical protocol during prenatal care or labor and delivery.
  • The failure to follow proper medical protocol caused your baby’s brain injury.

Where to get help

New Born Infant with Cerebral PalsyIf you suspect that medical malpractice may have caused your child’s Cerebral Palsy, call d’Oliveira and Associates, today (1-800-992-6878). We understand the legal, medical, and insurance systems and can help you to receive the financial compensation you need and deserve.

We will handle all of the paperwork, investigate your medical and legal claims, hire expert witnesses if necessary, and represent your best interests in the legal process. Your legal consultation and case analysis are absolutely free snd you don’t pay any legal fees or case expenses unless we get money for you.

The statute of limitations – don’t miss the deadline

Cerebral Palsy and Medical Malpractice lawyerYou must file your medical malpractice claim before the state mandated time limit expires. The time limit is called the “statute of limitations.” If the statute of limitations expires, your claim and your baby’s claim, will be forever barred. This means that you will not be able to recover for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other potential life-long expenses.

What should you do if you think your baby’s Cerebral Palsy has been caused by medical malpractice? Protect your baby’s rights, pay your bills, and keep more money in your pocket. Email us or call us now for FREE case evaluation. For your convenience, our telephones are answered 24 hours a day and 7 days a week (1-800-992-6878).

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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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