SOURCE: Joyce and Reyes Law Firm

February 08, 2013 19:29 ET

Hospitals Often at Fault for Causing Cerebral Palsy According to Joyce & Reyes Law Firm

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - Feb 8, 2013) - Some causes of cerebral palsy can be traced back to infections or genetic issues present before a child is born. However, Florida courts are seeing an increase in cases alleging that hospitals are at fault.

The parents of a brain-injured baby recently filed a birth injury suit in Palm Beach County, Florida against St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach. They allege the mother received substandard care resulting in brain damage to her baby and eventual cerebral palsy.

Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce, who is not involved in the case, commented, "Prenatal and neonatal care is the subject of many lawsuits due to infants' susceptibility to injury and the many opportunities for error."

According to the plaintiff, St. Mary's admitted the mother, then six months pregnant, with ruptured membranes. This increases the risk of premature birth and other complications.

After two weeks in the hospital, a nurse found a blockage in the mother's IV tube and gave her a declotting drug. The mother had an allergic reaction to the drug, which caused the fetal heart rate to drop, and doctors ordered an emergency C-section.

Nearly one hour passed between the mother's allergic reaction and the C-section.

At birth, the baby weighed just 2.4 pounds and had difficulty breathing and a slow pulse. An MRI showed his brain was injured. Within three months, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

The parents claim the brain injury resulted from the delay in performing the C-section. They are seeking damages for the baby's brain injury and current and future medical expenses.

"If the plaintiffs can show that the delay in performing the C-section was avoidable and contributed to the brain injury, they may have a case," added Mr. Joyce.

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