Pregnancy Risk Factors


Failure to Account for Pregnancy Risk Factors

When pregnant women go to their doctors for prenatal treatment, they expect their doctors will assess their risk factors for a range of conditions that may ultimately affect the health and well-being of their child. When risk factors do present themselves, medical teams should intervene appropriately and take steps to prevent crisis during gestation and delivery.

Among the wide range of risk factors, doctors know to be cautious about:

  • Multiple births

  • Damaged placenta

  • Infections

  • Poor nutrition

  • Exposure to nicotine and alcohol

  • Maternal diabetes, hyperthyroidism or high blood pressure

  • Premature delivery

  • Biochemical genetic disorders

  • Low birth weight

  • Bleeding

Many parents of children with cerebral palsy have positive experiences with their doctors. Sometimes, however, medical teams do not meet the standard of care expected of them. A team may not sufficiently monitor a known risk factor during pregnancy, and therefore prompt intervention may not occur when necessary to prevent injury to the child’s developing brain.

Parents want the best for their children. They also have the right to ask questions about the care they received during pregnancy and after their child was born. More often than not, parents do not get the answers they deserve from the medical professionals. A hospital may enter a type of damage control following a cerebral palsy diagnosis. This is a red flag.

You may want more information on how an investigation into your child’s cerebral palsy is conducted.

Our dedicated team can help you.


Our Team

Don Renaud, Trial & Appellate Lawyer

Don’s sense of accomplishment is derived from verdicts and settlements which improve the lives of his clients. His extensive trial experience, network and training relieves pressure to settle if a more appropriate amount is obtainable through either jury trial or trial by judge alone.

Mark Barry, Trial & Appellate Lawyer

Mark’s experience as a litigator includes time as both a criminal defense lawyer as well as a federal prosecutor. Mark’s practice is primarily focused on ICBC injury claims. He is dedicated to ensuring that you are properly compensated for any harm suffered.

Maida Collins, Paralegal

Maida currently assists Don with serious ICBC claims and complex medical negligence files, including birth trauma and cerebral palsy cases. Among Maida’s responsibilities are case investigation, documentary disclosure, legal document preparation, legal research and analysis, trial preparation, and witness interviews.

Lisa Novak, Paralegal

Lisa is involved in the process from initial client consultation to follow-up with clients post-settlement or verdict. Her responsibilities include case investigation, documentary disclosure, legal document preparation, trial preparation, and witness interviews.


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Other Cerebral Palsy Causes:

Delivery complications and errors

Difficult delivery and birth

Errors in the hospital special care nursery

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