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Cerebral palsy is a common consequence when doctors act negligently before, during, or after birth. If your child developed cerebral palsy, a Columbia cerebral palsy lawyer can help you fight for justice and recover damages.
Cerebral Palsy and Medical Mistakes in Columbia
A cerebral palsy diagnosis means that your child will likely need lifelong medical treatment, as there is no cure. However, the good news is that the disorder itself doesn’t get worse over time, although co-existing conditions are common.
Medical expenses quickly add up, and if a child developed this disorder because of negligent medical mistakes, parents and loved ones shouldn’t be expected to foot the exorbitant prices alone.
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There are several reasons medical malpractice leads to cerebral palsy. One issue is the failure to adequately monitor fetal distress, as illustrated in the following story about a Columbia mom and her baby.
Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit Yields Over $3M for Baby with Cerebral Palsy
On September 18, 1999, mother Lisa Viele checked into the Tuomey Regional Medical Center, where staff gave her Pitocin to induce labor for her first child.
The labor initially progressed as it should, but at some point, the infant’s heart began to slow down, and Lisa’s contractions became abnormal, according to court documents.
Around two hours later, the mother’s obstetrician arrived and ordered an increase in the Pitocin. Afterward, the attending nurses noted continuing fetal distress. The baby’s heartbeat continued to slow down with prolonged recovery time.
Another few hours passed before the physician arrived again. Instead of ordering an emergency C-section, the doctor ordered the nurses to stop the Pitocin and allow Lisa to wait it out overnight.
By 8 a.m. the following morning, the infant’s heartbeat was flat.
Further, she had to be revived with oxygen. A CT scan confirmed that the little girl developed severe, irreparable brain damage, leading to cerebral palsy and other co-existing medical conditions.
Lisa’s cerebral palsy attorneys worked diligently to ensure that her baby would have funds to help with medical care and living expenses.
According to a blog created by Lisa years after the incident, Elizabeth “Lizzy” spent almost two weeks in a neonatal intensive care unit before she arrived home.
“Lizzy spent 13 days in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) in Columbia, SC……What a roller coaster! I had a c-section and was released a day early because the doctor wanted to be sure I’d be able to see Lizzy in case she had too much trouble.”
Lizzy’s health conditions apparently got worse, and she was sent back to the hospital after something was discovered “eating at her brain,” her mother recalled in her blog. After debating back and forth, the Viele family contacted an experienced cerebral palsy lawyer to help them.
Lisa wrote that it was a challenging time for her and her husband, but in the end, she knew she had made the right choice for their family:
The next five years would prove to be the most challenging years of our marriage. Depositions, meetings, having another baby, caring for Lizzy, teaching, Damon getting his national board certification, and eventually me stepping away from teaching. From the moment I made the phone call to the attorney, I KNEW I was doing the right thing. I just knew it.”
Medical Help and Resources in South Carolina
Palmetto Health USC Pediatric Rehabilitation
Palmetto Health USC offers “comprehensive consultation and outpatient rehabilitation services for children,” according to its website.
Contact 803-907-0350 for locations.
Human Performance and Rehabilitation Center
Human Performance and Rehabilitation Center (HPRC) offers individualized therapy options, including physical, occupational, speech, pediatrics, and more. HPRC offers the Fitness Center at Forest Drive in Columbia, including specialty services and physical therapy.
4114 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29204
Lexington Medical Center Irmo
Lexington Medical Center offers both inpatient and outpatient services, including urgent care, outpatient surgery, therapy, lab services, and more.
7035 St. Andrews Road Columbia, SC 29212
The Therapy Place
The goal of The Therapy Place is to ensure “children with special needs will have every opportunity to pursue their goals, realize their dreams, and reach their full potential,” according to the organization’s official website.
The Therapy Place offers various services, including physical therapy, occupational and sensory therapy, feeding therapy, and language and speech therapy.
3620 Covenant Road, Columbia, SC, 29204
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Retrieved from: https://cpfamilynetwork.org/resources/blog/cerebral-palsy-trial-10-years-later/
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Retrieved from: https://www.palmettohealthchildrens.org/pediatric-specialties/rehabilitation-medicine
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Retrieved from: https://hprc.net/about/
- LMC Irmo. (n.d.). Lexington Medical Center.
Retrieved from: https://www.lexmed.com/locations-directions/community-medical-centers/lmc-irmo
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Retrieved from: http://www.thetherapyplace.org/what-we-do/