Cerebral Palsy

The birth of a child should be among the most joyous moments of your life. But if your child is born with Cerebral Palsy or other birth defects, it may be the result of mistakes made by your doctor, hospital or midwife. As a parent, you are entitled to learn what caused your child's disability. We are lawyers helping victims of medical negligence during childbirth that resulted in Cerebral Palsy and other disabling conditions.

Cerebral palsy is the term used to describe a wide range of physical problems in which poor brain development or damage has affected the ability to control muscles and movement. Related birth injuries include Brachial Plexus Palsy, Klumpke's Palsy and Erb's Palsy. All are caused by damages to different areas of the brain before, during or shortly following birth. One cause of cerebral palsy can be a lack of oxygen to the brain during childbirth. This can sometimes be due to the negligence of birth attendants. The effects, depending on which areas of the brain have been damaged, include:

  • Mental Retardation
  • Impairment of Speech, Hearing or Sight
  • Abnormal Perception and Sensation
  • Problems in Gait and Mobility
  • Involuntary Movement
  • Muscle Spasm or Tightness
  • Breathing Problems
  • Impaired Motor Skills
  • Difficulty Controlling Head
  • Poor Feeding or Sucking Ability
  • Poor Balance
  • Over or Underdeveloped Muscles
  • Poor Bowel or Bladder Control
  • Seizures

Litigation surrounding instances of cerebral palsy can be very difficult because cerebral palsy is still not completely understood. However, when the medical staff has made medical errors found to result in cerebral palsy, large compensation awards have been given because cerebral palsy is a permanent condition that can be very severe. Birth injury lawsuits, such as with cerebral palsy, require expert, experienced cerebral palsy lawyers because of the complexity of the claim.

The attorneys at Leemon + Royer use experts to prove if doctors were negligent and if cerebral palsy and brain damage could have been prevented. These experts look for deviations from the standard of care and carefully examine the neonatal records as well as fetal heart monitor strips. By carefully evaluating these and other factors, the experts can determine if the performance of doctors and/or medical staff resulted in unnecessary brain damage to your child.

Sometimes Cerebral Palsy is due to a mistake during labor and delivery. You deserve to know if your child's disability is due to negligent care and you have the right to investigate its cause and know the legal options you may have. Cerebral palsy can change a person's life forever. Not only might a child need constant attention and assistance, but they may also require a lifetime of medical care and additional medical procedures to aid them in living with their cerebral palsy. You have the right to seek legal assistance to obtain compensation for medical bills and education and other care costs and to help prevent the same error from happening again to other children.

If your child has suffered from a brain injury, or if he or she has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer immediately. Our law firm has a proven track record and experience handling claims and settlements for CP and other birth injuries.