Cerebral Palsy Lawyer for Birth Injury Victims
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Cerebral palsy is a condition that compromises the brain’s ability to control motor function. It can begin during fetal development, the birth process or the first few years of a child’s life. Though some occurrences of cerebral palsy are not preventable, in many instances medical malpractice causes this condition unnecessarily. If a doctor or nurse makes a mistake during delivery, the result can be direct trauma or a dangerous lack of oxygen to the infant’s brain. Both of these circumstances can cause brain injuries that lead to cerebral palsy.
If your child was born with cerebral palsy, you may have questions about if and how medical negligence played a role. The medical malpractice attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., can help you find answers to those questions. From offices in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, we provide powerful representation for parents whose children suffered birth injuries in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. To arrange a free consultation with an experienced Philadelphia cerebral palsy lawyer, please call (215) 546-6636 or toll free (866) 569-3400.
What are the Types and Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is an incurable, non-contagious and non-progressive condition that most commonly results from abnormal development or injury to the brain. Although symptoms primarily inhibit movement and muscle control, cerebral palsy is a neurological condition, not a muscular disorder. Its effects can vary depending on the nature and severity of the condition. The different cerebral palsy symptoms and types are:
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy. This is the most common type of cerebral palsy and is characterized by overly-stiff muscles. In these cases, injury to the brain results in tense muscles in the affected limb or limbs, making movement difficult or awkward. This condition may only have a slight effect on one or two limbs, often the legs. However, in severe cases, the entire body may be affected.
- Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy. The symptoms of this condition include uncontrollable movement. This can make walking, eating, talking and fine motor movements difficult. Muscles can be both too stiff and too loose at different times with dyskinetic cerebral palsy.
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy. Those with this kind of cerebral palsy have balance and coordination problems. This can cause unsteady walking and difficulty with quick, precise movements.
- Mixed Cerebral Palsy. It is possible to have symptoms of multiple types of cerebral palsy, depending on the areas of the brain affected.
Since cerebral palsy typically affects newborns and young children, parents may not notice or identify the symptoms right away. Early warning signs include a child who feels stiff when cradled or who cannot bring a hand to his or her mouth. Sometimes, a child can move one hand normally, while the other is constantly contracted into a fist. When crawling, a child with cerebral palsy may favor one side over the other. If you notice any of these signs, speak to your pediatrician right away.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Cerebral Palsy?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately one of every 323 babies born each year will develop cerebral palsy. Many of these cases result from preventable birth injuries caused by medical negligence or physician errors during childbirth. You should speak with a cerebral palsy lawyer if any of the following common causes of birth injury occurred during the delivery of your child:
- Your doctor prescribed Pitocin to induce labor.
- You believed a cesarean section was necessary but was not performed or was delayed.
- Medical staff did not notice or respond properly to signs of fetal distress.
- Mother and baby were not monitored at all times during birth.
- The baby showed signs of jaundice at birth.
- Medical staff did not follow proper procedures for clearing the baby’s airway after birth.
- An infection or other medical condition of the mother’s was not properly diagnosed and treated during pregnancy.
- Doctor used forceps or a vacuum extractor incorrectly or unnecessarily during birth.
The occurrence of these events could be evidence of medical malpractice resulting in an injury to an infant. When you come to us, we will fully evaluate the situation, taking all necessary steps to determine if you have a viable birth injury lawsuit. If you do, you can rely on our skilled team to guide you through every phase of your personal injury claim.
Contact a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer for a Free Consultation in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Nationwide
Caring for a child with cerebral palsy can strain a family’s finances. Additional medical care, as well as equipment and possibly home renovations for accessibility, can be extremely expensive. However, if your child’s condition resulted from medical negligence, you may be able to recover compensation from the doctor or medical facility to cover these costs.
If you have questions about a birth injury lawsuit for cerebral palsy, we are here to help. We serve clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and across the U.S. Please call (215) 546-6636 or toll free (866) 569-3400. You can also contact our law firm online. We offer free initial consultations and handle cases on a contingency fee basis, so you pay nothing unless we get results.