Cerebral palsy in an injury to a part of the brain affecting body movement, and muscle coordination. It often results in developmental disabilities where children have difficulty walking, talking, and eating. Some estimates indicate that approximately 10,000 babies develop cerebral palsy each year.
While it is possible for cerebral palsy to develop as a natural complication during pregnancy, many cases are the result of a healthcare provider’s negligence. Cerebral palsy may be the result of any of the following medical situations.
Causes of cerebral palsy
- Oxygen deprivation (cerebral hypoxia)
- Side effects from wrongly prescribed painkillers
- Head trauma
- Delayed delivery
- Bleeding in the brain
- Excessive or improper use of a vacuum extractor or forceps
- Failure to recognize fetal distress and perform a C-section
- Failure to recognize pregnancy-related high blood pressure
- Failure to diagnose and treat infant seizures
- Failure to diagnose and treat jaundice
- Failure to diagnose and treat meningitis
- Failure to diagnose and treat viral encephalitis
- Failure to diagnose and treat infections
- Failure to appropriately handle a bad birth position
- Failure to appropriately treat respiratory distress
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
- Lack of muscle control and movement
- Poor coordination
- Stiff or tight muscles
- Exaggerated reflexes
- Learning disorders
- Visual and hearing problems
- Slow to roll over, crawl, smile, or talk
- Walking on toes
- Dragging one leg when walking
- Crouched gaits
- Decreased muscle tone
- Abnormal posture
If you experienced any of the before mentioned causes and/or noticed any of the following symptoms, contact a doctor to diagnose your child condition. Time is of the essence. These symptom can take some time to develop. Your attorney will have to determine if the condition was the result of medical negligence and file your suit before the statute of limitations expires.
What to do if your child has cerebral palsy
Like other birth injuries, seeking proper medical care for your child is the first and most important step to take. Treatment and therapy at a young age greatly reduce cerebral palsy’s negative impact. Common treatment options include physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, wheelchairs and rolling walkers, communication aids, drugs to control seizures, and surgery to correct abnormalities and release tight muscles.
Next, you should seek a consultation with an experienced birth injury attorney. The Clore Law Group’s attorneys work with trained medical professionals to handle complex cerebral palsy litigation. They provide high quality care to ensure you receive an appropriate settlement to cover the high cost of long-term care, emotional pain and suffering, and past medical bills.
Cerebral Palsy Legal Assistance
The Clore Law Group provides exceptional legal representation from a team of experienced lawyers. Contact their law office for a free initial consultation to discuss whether your child’s birth injury is valid grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. We frequently assist clients in a variety of birth injury claims, including cerebral palsy.