Birth Injury:

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a medical condition caused by permanent brain injury that occurs before, during, or shortly after birth. The effect of cerebral palsy is characterized by lack of muscle control and abnormal body movement. While it is not a progressive disease of the brain, the effects of cerebral palsy may change gradually over the years. The cause of cerebral palsy has not been definitively identified, but it has been linked to the health history of both the mother and child, as well as to accidents that result in brain damage.

Effects of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy affects a person's physical movement, speech, hearing, vision, and brain function. There are a number of early warning signs associated with cerebral palsy, such as delayed development and abnormal muscle tone. Other symptoms of cerebral palsy include:

  • Spasticity in the arms or legs
  • Hearing problems
  • Irregular breathing
  • Abnormal movements or sensations
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Vision or speech problems

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

While research continues into the exact cause of cerebral palsy, medical malpractice may be to blame in many cases. The medical community believes that cutting oxygen to the infant’s brain at crucial moments can lead to cerebral palsy. If the condition was indeed caused by medical negligence, the family can seek compensation through a birth injury lawsuit. While contacting a birth injury lawyer may be the last thing on a parent’s mind, it is important to remember that having a child with cerebral palsy will cost the family, on average, over $920,000. Filing a birth injury lawsuit can help a family recover the money needed to ensure the child lives a mainly independent life.

Treatment for Cerebral Palsy

Currently, there is no cure for cerebral palsy, but treatment is available. To goal of treatment is to help the child live an independent life. Treatment for cerebral palsy requires a team of specialists including nurses, doctors, social workers and occupational, physical and speech therapists. Parents can also practice home care to ensure the child receives the proper food and nutrition, performs exercises recommended by the medical team and remains free from any safety hazards in the home.

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

If your child was born with cerebral palsy, medical negligence may be to blame. Because several factors can lead to the condition, determining the cause of cerebral palsy can be difficult without the help of an experienced birth injury lawyer. Our cerebral palsy attorneys will work with a group of medical experts who will launch an investigation into the cause of your child’s suffering. Fill out our free case evaluation form today to hear from a birth injury attorney near you.