At DeLuca and Weizenbaum, we have seen firsthand how devastating it can be when a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. When these disorders can be traced to medical errors committed by Rhode Island health care providers, we help families hold these negligent providers accountable. In such cases, it is important to determine what type of underlying brain injury led a child to develop cerebral palsy.
For expectant parents in Providence, the upcoming delivery of their baby is one of the most exciting times of their lives. Typically, stress is not something greatly associated with these occasions as most people usually believe that they are in good medical hands with their doctors, nurses, and other clinical staff. There are times, however, when the reliance on one’s critical teams fails, and something happens to the baby during delivery. At this stage of development, the tiniest things can cause serious problems with a baby, if a birth injury happens, and negligence can be proven on the part of the provider, than the parents and family may be entitled to compensation.
An infant who is injured during the birth process in Providence often faces a number of challenges including brain damage, physical impairment, and additional medical care. Mistakes such as the dropping of newborns, administering the wrong medication or amount of medication, and doctor errors can prevent the child from enjoying the same abilities and experiences as other children and be a heartbreaking event for parents.
Four years after the birth of their daughter, a family has settled a lawsuit that claimed a delayed C-section at the hospital resulted in their child suffering a brain injury. Anyone in Rhode Island or elsewhere can really sympathize with this family after reading this story. It begins in January of 2007 when the mother was scheduled to have a C-section, just like she had in her prior births. At 39 weeks into her pregnancy she went to the hospital where she was placed on an external fetal heart monitor by medical staff.
Two military hospital births in 2002 and 2005 were anything but routine, leaving one child dead and another permanently disabled with cerebral palsy.