If your child had any medical mistake (malpractice) or problems during birth and was diagnosed as having cerebral palsy, we can help get you the compensation for your child’s pain and suffering.
Cerebral palsy lawsuits can be filed in any state and can lead to a cash claim award from a settlement. Act today as there are statutes of limitations that apply. Our staff of top cerebral palsy lawyers and attorneys can help file a cerebral palsy or medical malpractice case.
What is it?
Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects muscle tony, movement, and motor skills. It is usually caused by brain damage that occurs before or during a child’s birth, or during the first 3 to 5 years of a child’s life.
Some studies on the statistics of cerebral palsy shows male children represent 57% and females at 43% of all cases reported; however other studies show a split of 70% male and 30% female.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy – Examples of lawsuits related
Cerebral palsy is caused by an abnormality or disruption in brain development, usually before a child is born. Many times it’s associated with lack of oxygen (hypoxia). Not all cases of cerebral palsy are medical mistakes requiring a formal lawsuit, however some factors that could lead to problems with cerebral palsy are:
- Random mutations in genes that control brain development
- Birth injuries from improper use of forceps or vacuum during delivery
- Maternal infections that affect the fetus
- Failure to detect problematic umbilical cord
- Fetal stroke, which is a disruption of blood supply to the brain
- Lack of oxygen to the brain
- Failure to monitor baby’s heart rate during labor
- Infant infections that can cause inflammation in or around the brain
- Traumatic head injury to an infant from a fall or car accident
There are three different forms of cerebral palsy:
- Spastic cerebral palsy – causes stiffness and movement difficulties
- Athetoid cerebral palsy – leads to involuntary and uncontrolled movements
- Ataxic cerebral palsy – causes a disturbed sense of balance and depth perception
Cerebral palsy can affect different parts of the body. They are described in three different ways:
Quadriplegia/ Bilateral – This is where both arms and legs are affected. The muscles groups of the truck, face and mouth can also be affected in this mode.
Diplegia/Bilateral – This generally means legs arms are affected and the arms to a lesser degree.
Hemiplegia/Unilateral – Mostly one side of the body is affected, one arm one leg.
Signs & Symptoms
Symptoms can vary with cerebral palsy, however these are a few movement and coordination issues associated with the disorder:
- Stiff muscles and exaggerated reflexes
- Lack of muscle coordination
- Tremors or involuntary movements
- Slow, writhing movements
- Delays in reaching motor skills milestones, such as sitting up alone, crawling, etc.
- Favoring one side of the body
- Difficulty walking, sucking, or eating
- Delays in speech development or speaking
- Excessive drooling
Getting help for any Birth Injuries related to Cerebral Palsy. Free Case Evaluation.
We understand the confusion you may have about your child being born with cerebral palsy, and are here to help. It cost nothing to contact our staff of cerebral palsy lawyers and attorneys. We’ve helped many parents facing the burden this causes your family. We offer a 100% free case evaluation. You may qualify for a large cash compensation settlement from a lawsuit claim filed.
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Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit, Claims & Settlements page updated on October 12, 2015.