Cerebral palsy is a general term used to describe a group of chronic neurological disorders that impair muscle control. It is usually caused by the faulty development of or damage to the areas of the brain that control motor skills. The injuries to the brain are usually sustained before, during, or shortly after birth – sometimes as a result of medical malpractice. Specifically, cerebral palsy can be caused by injuries ranging from physical trauma during birth to hypoxia (inadequate oxygen supply to the brain).
If your child has cerebral palsy and you feel that it may be a result of medical malpractice, please contact us to speak with a caring and qualified medical malpractice attorney who can help you understand your legal rights.
Medical Malpractice and Cerebral Palsy
Possible medical mistakes that could lead to cerebral palsy include but are not limited to the following:
- Failure to detect or correct conditions which cause a shortage of oxygen supply to the baby
- Failure to perform a timely C-section when conditions demand it
- Failure to diagnose and treat infections in the mother
- Failure to recognize or treat a child’s seizures
Cerebral Palsy Symptoms
Early signs of cerebral palsy typically appear before three years of age. Symptoms may change over time, but cerebral palsy does not worsen. Some of the common signs of cerebral palsy include:
- Slow in learning to crawl and walk
- Abnormal muscle tone
- Abnormal speech
- Muscle spasms
- Awkward walking
Cerebral Palsy Treatments
While there is no cure for cerebral palsy, there are various treatment options that can help alleviate some of the symptoms. Since cerebral palsy is non-reversible, all treatments are focused on improving quality of life. For instance, certain mechanical devices such as specialized wheelchairs and customized suits can be used to facilitate mobility in those who suffer from cerebral palsy. Treatment may also include occupational therapy, surgical procedures, and drug therapy.
If your child has cerebral palsy and you feel it may have resulted from medical malpractice, you need not suffer in vain. You and your family may be entitled to compensation for your losses and suffering, including medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with one of our experienced and compassionate medical malpractice attorneys who can help understand your legal options.