BALTIMORE, Aug. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Parents shouldn't be afraid to trust their gut and seek legal help if they believe a birth injury caused their child's cerebral palsy, says birth injury attorney Ken Suggs of MyAdvocates, the law firm of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC. In a new video, he and mother Deborah Gardner discuss how she refused to give up until she found out the truth about what happened to her son, Nathan.
Don't Give Up
Before finding Janet, Jenner & Suggs, Nathan's mother approached several law firms that turned her away due to the complexity of the case, Mr. Suggs said. In Deborah's case, her persistence in finding the right firm led to a jury award that will care for Nathan for the rest of his life, he said.
"Don't give up. It's your child. It's worth it," advises Deborah.
"We don't mind taking the hard cases," said Mr. Suggs. "Parents have got to have someone standing with them that knows the medicine, knows the law, and knows how to stand up to the defense in the courtroom."
Evidence in Nathan's case revealed that more than 11 hospital mistakes during his first days of life contributed to his cerebral palsy, Mr. Suggs said. Sadly, approximately 20% of cerebral palsy cases are caused by preventable birth injuries, Mr. Suggs noted. In these cases, the defense often blames the mother, he said. "They wanted to attack the mother and somehow make it seem like this innocent young woman had done something to cause this. It causes a lot of guilt, which can be discouraging. You want a law firm that can keep this from being done in the courtroom."
Preventable Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Anyone who suspects something may have gone wrong during a labor and delivery needs to know what to look for, Mr. Suggs explained. He said common preventable causes of cerebral palsy include:
- Mismanagement of labor and delivery
- Failure to perform a timely delivery or C-section
- Failure to respond to signs of a uterine rupture or placental abruption
- Administering too much Pitocin
- Misreading of the fetal monitor
- Failure to detect a severe brain defect on prenatal ultrasound film
- Failure to respond to severe dehydration in a newborn
- Failure to diagnose and respond to a baby's airway obstructions
- Failure to obtain medical experts to support labor and delivery
Attorneys with Janet, Jenner & Suggs are nationally known for representing children hurt by preventable birth injuries and obtaining verdicts and settlements that help care for them for the rest of their lives. The firm maintains offices in Maryland, South Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Minnesota, and West Virginia, but practices in many other the states with special permission from the local court, and in conjunction with local counsel.
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