Cerebral palsy is a common childhood disability that affects roughly 17 million people worldwide. In the United States, over 800,000 people live with cerebral palsy, and there is a new cerebral palsy case every hour. There is no known cure for this illness, and it can lead to a wide range of health issues for the diagnosed individual. These issues include:
- An inability to control the head
- Becoming easily startled
- A lack of motor control
- Delayed motor development
- Poor posture
- Hearing and vision problems
If your child or someone you know has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, give us a call for a free, private, and no-obligation consultation at (800) 222-9529. Cerebral palsy is a permanent condition, and rehabilitative care and therapy can be expensive. In cases where cerebral palsy was caused by medical negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for damages, including payment for pain and suffering, lost income from work, and the costs of medical care (including the costs of assistive devices, medicine, and doctor’s visits).
Filing for damages involves determining who, if anyone, was responsible for your child’s cerebral palsy, quantifying the damages you are likely entitled to, collecting evidence to build a case, and filing a claim with the right courts within the required time frames. Call us today to learn more and to initiate a claim for the compensation you are legally entitled to.
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What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is caused by either damage to, or abnormal development of, the parts of the brain that are responsible for controlling movement. Damage or abnormal development can occur either before, during, or soon after the birth of the child. They can also occur during the first few years of the child’s life while his or her brain is still developing.
Cerebral palsy can be caused by all of the following:
Damage to the brain’s white matter can cause cerebral palsy. The brain’s white matter is responsible for sending signals throughout the brain and to the rest of the body. Damage to this part of the brain can lead to disruptions in the signals that control movement as these signals travel between the brain and the body.
Abnormal Brain Development
Issues affecting the normal growth of the brain can lead to abnormalities in the physical makeup of the brain, and this can also negatively affect how brain signals are transmitted. Abnormal brain development can be caused by infection, fever, physical trauma, or gene mutations.
An unborn child can have a stroke in the womb, leading to brain bleeding.
Insufficient Oxygen Supply to the Brain
If the brain is starved of oxygen, it can sustain damage. Low blood pressure in the mother, a ruptured uterus, detachment of the placenta, and problems of the umbilical cord can restrict the amount of oxygen that reaches the child’s brain.
Negligence leading to cerebral palsy can occur in many different ways. For example, trauma to the baby’s head during labor or delivery can lead to cerebral palsy, and this can occur if medical staff incorrectly use birthing devices. It can also happen if the medical team misdiagnoses the mother, administers too much or too little of specific medications, or does not conduct specific tests that would have identified potential delivery issues that could then have been addressed.
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Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
The symptoms of cerebral palsy are different from person to person and from child to child. Some children with cerebral palsy display only mild symptoms such as clumsiness or awkwardness; others suffer from much more noticeable and disabling symptoms such as an inability to walk, talk, or move around independently.
Recognizing the early warning signs of cerebral palsy is crucial to arriving at the correct diagnosis needed to initiate treatment for your child. Early signs that a baby may have cerebral palsy include:
- Missing normal growth and development milestones for sitting up, crawling, and walking
- Abnormal movements
- Stiff or spastic muscles
- Difficulty controlling or coordinating muscle movement
- Speech problems (usually slurred speech or poorly formed words)
- Difficulty swallowing, eating, and drinking
As the child grows and his or her cerebral palsy changes, the disabilities that he or she exhibits may change as well. Severe symptoms of cerebral palsy that you should watch out for include:
- Mental disabilities
- Problems with hearing or vision
- Problems with communication
- Difficulty walking
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How a Lawyer Will Help
A legal expert with experience in birth injury litigation can help you determine the cause of your child’s cerebral palsy, who was responsible, and how to develop a compensation plan and a care regimen so that you and your family can get back on track toward living a fulfilling and rewarding life. The process involves the following steps.
First, you request a free consultation and investigation of your case. Doing this will connect you with a member of our legal team. We will review the facts of your case to determine whether or not you may be eligible for compensation.
Retaining an Attorney
You can retain our services at no cost. We work on a contingency fee basis and only collect once you win compensation. All you need to do is sign a retainer agreement and we will begin work on your case.
Once the retainer agreement is in place, your claim will formally be pursued. We will collect the evidence needed to build a case, negotiate with liable parties, and take your case to court if a fair settlement cannot be arrived at. We will interview medical staff, key witnesses, and birth injury experts to use their testimony in support of your claim.
As mentioned above, we only receive compensation and reimbursement for our expenses if we successfully secure compensation for you. You have the final say with regards to accepting or refusing settlements that are offered to you, and only after you are paid will your case be deemed settled.
Statutes of limitation apply to medical malpractice cases, and you must file a claim as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss your filing window. To learn more about what your rights are with respect to medical malpractice issues, what evidence is needed from you, and when and how to initiate a claim, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529.