What Is Cerebral Palsy and Is It Caused by Medical Mistakes?

May 09, 2017

Was your child born with Cerebral Palsy? Call a Philadelphia birth injury lawyer

Cerebral palsy – sometimes abbreviated to CP in medical documents – is the deformity or weakening of a child’s muscles and motor control caused by brain damage before, during, or shortly after birth. CP is often considered one of the worst forms of birth injuries, as it is currently incurable and is expected to be permanent in each case.

Symptoms or signs of cerebral palsy in a newborn include:

  • Unresponsive to muscle stimuli
  • Difficulty holding head upright or still
  • Little to no hand movement or control
  • Inability to sit or crawl for any duration

Cerebral palsy will lead to severe difficulty as your child ages, including trouble with:

  • Walking
  • Talking
  • Eating
  • And other daily activities

It is also not uncommon for cerebral palsy to impair a child’s senses and ability to learn or grasp new concepts. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you should know that a lifetime of medical treatments and rehabilitation that could become costly and exceed your insurance limits. To get compensation to pay for your child’s care and upbringing, you may need to file a birth injury claim against the negligent medical team or doctor that hurt your child.

Baldwin Matzus, LLC LLC handles cerebral palsy cases for clients around Pennsylvania.
Contact our Philadelphia personal injury lawyer today for more information.

Medical Negligence That Can Cause Cerebral Palsy

When you retain the services of Baldwin Matzus, LLC LLC and our Philadelphia cerebral palsy lawyer, after we get to know more about you and your child, we will want to start collecting details about your claim. In particular, we will want to be able to prove that medical negligence – any act carried out by a medical professional that is not at or above the accepted standard of patient care – played a direct role in your child’s cerebral palsy. There are nonmedical causes of cerebral palsy, like a premature birth or issues caused through genetics, which we will also need to address so that they can be ruled out.

Many cerebral palsy cases can be linked to these forms of medical negligence:

  • Reduced oxygen supply during delivery that goes unnoticed by doctors
  • Failing to diagnose an illness before delivery (obstetrician error)
  • Incorrectly using birth-assisting tools, like forceps or a vacuum extractor
  • Unnecessarily delaying a C-section operation

Let Us Manage the Case Load for You

After we can establish that a form of medical negligence caused your baby’s cerebral palsy, we will next need to calculate a fair compensation amount you should receive. This requires a full understanding of the medical costs that have occurred and those that will be needed far into the future. Other considerations include your own emotional suffering, special education class enrollment costs, specific renovations made to your living space for your child to utilize later in life, and so on.

If you would rather not have to worry about all of these details in your cerebral palsy case, know that you do not when you work with our Philadelphia birth injury attorney. We are happy to handle the intricacies of your case while you focus other matters, like spending time with your newborn. Of course, if you do want to be hands-on, we can work closely with you each step of the way.

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