Birth Injury Lawyers Representing Families of children who suffered Cerebral Palsy (CP) Due To A Medical Error or Medical Malpractice
What is Cerebral Palsy? Here’s an overview of the condition defined by Mayo Clinic
Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by damage that occurs to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth.
Signs and symptoms appear during infancy or preschool years. In general, cerebral palsy causes impaired movement associated with abnormal reflexes, floppiness or rigidity of the limbs and trunk, abnormal posture, involuntary movements, unsteady walking, or some combination of these.
People with cerebral palsy may have problems swallowing and commonly have eye muscle imbalance, in which the eyes don’t focus on the same object. People with cerebral palsy also may suffer reduced range of motion at various joints of their bodies due to muscle stiffness.
Cerebral palsy’s effect on functional abilities varies greatly. Some affected people can walk while others can’t. Some people show normal or near-normal intellectual capacity, but others may have intellectual disabilities. Epilepsy, blindness or deafness also may be present.
Cerebral palsy is among the most common birth injuries suffered by infants. According to CDC Cerebral Palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood. CDC estimates that an average of 1 in 323 children in the U.S. have CP.
Unfortunately, cerebral palsy cannot be cured. Cerebral palsy leaves sufferers dealing with a lifetime of developmental delays, coordination issues, muscle paralysis, and other serious health problems.
Cerebral Palsy is a group of medical conditions caused by injuries to a child’s developing brain. Cerebral palsy is primarily caused by mistakes made by a medical professional during birth. Cerebral palsy injuries can seriously affect how a child’s muscles function, leaving them with a lifetime of severe mobility problems.
What are the symptom of Cerebral Palsy?
Here are some of the most common signs of cerebral palsy.
Signs and symptoms can vary greatly. Movement and coordination problems associated with cerebral palsy may include:
- Variations in muscle tone, such as being either too stiff or too floppy
- Stiff muscles and exaggerated reflexes (spasticity)
- Stiff muscles with normal reflexes (rigidity)
- Lack of muscle coordination (ataxia)
- Tremors or involuntary movements
- Slow, writhing movements (athetosis)
- Delays in reaching motor skills milestones, such as pushing up on arms, sitting up alone or crawling
- Favoring one side of the body, such as reaching with only one hand or dragging a leg while crawling
- Difficulty walking, such as walking on toes, a crouched gait, a scissors-like gait with knees crossing, a wide gait or an asymmetrical gait
- Excessive drooling or problems with swallowing
- Difficulty with sucking or eating
- Delays in speech development or difficulty speaking
- Difficulty with precise motions, such as picking up a crayon or spoon
The disability associated with cerebral palsy may be limited primarily to one limb or one side of the body, or it may affect the whole body. The brain disorder causing cerebral palsy doesn’t change with time, so the symptoms usually don’t worsen with age. However, muscle shortening and muscle rigidity may worsen if not treated aggressively.
Brain abnormalities associated with cerebral palsy also may contribute to other neurological problems. People with cerebral palsy may also have:
- Difficulty with vision and hearing
- Intellectual disabilities
- Abnormal touch or pain perceptions
- Oral diseases
- Mental health (psychiatric) conditions
- Urinary incontinence
How can a Birth Injury Lawyer Help?
If a doctor, nurse, or any other medical professional caused serious injuries to your child, you may be entitled to pursue a financial compensation to cover your child’s future health care needs. The damages pursued in such a case will most likely include:
- Lost quality of life for your child
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earning potential
- Long-term cost of medical care and treatment
- Nursing care
- Other damages, both economic and non-economic
Cerebral Palsy Lawyer Can Help
Cerebral Palsy Attorney can help your family secure the financial compensation you need for the cerebral palsy injury. Contact Us Today by calling (718)307-5554 24/7 to speak with an experienced New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer today. Free consultation, free transportation, you don’t pay anything until we win.