Cerebral palsy is a type of birth injury caused by brain damage that causes abnormal brain development. In some cases, the condition is a result of preventable medical errors made by medical professionals before, during, or shortly after delivery. Sokolove Law can fight on your behalf to pursue the compensation you need to cover your child’s medical expenses and plan for their future.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy describes a group of movement disorders that impact a child’s ability to maintain their posture and balance.
There are 4 main types of cerebral palsy:
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy
- Dyskinetic/Athetoid Cerebral Palsy
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
- Mixed Cerebral Palsy
A child’s symptoms and treatment options will depend on the type of cerebral palsy they have. That said, caring for a child’s cerebral palsy or other disabilities can be costly — an estimated $1 Million over your child’s lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy may develop as a result of a brain injury or developmental abnormalities of a child’s brain.
Causes of cerebral palsy include:
- Birth complications or brain damage
- Premature birth or low birth weight
- Multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.)
- Jaundice and kernicterus
- Maternal infections, such as meningitis
- Lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain
- Improper use of delivery assistance tools (forceps and vacuum extractors)
Filing a Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit
In some cases, these injuries can be the result of a medical mistake made by a doctor or health care professional before, during, or shortly after childbirth — and oftentimes could have been prevented.
If you believe your child’s birth injury was the result of a medical mistake, an experienced cerebral palsy lawyer can help you understand your legal options.
Birth injury lawyers at Sokolove Law have decades of experience working with families affected by cerebral palsy and other birth injuries resulting from medical negligence. We have helped many other parents find answers. Call today or fill out the form on this page to request a free case review.
Our Recent Settlements
- A $9 Million birth injury settlement was awarded in the case of a 5-year-old girl who has cerebral palsy.
- More than $4 Million was awarded in a cerebral palsy case involving a 7-year-old child in New York.
- Over $17 Million in combined cerebral palsy settlements to help families plan for their child’s future.
If your child suffered from a preventable birth injury resulting in cerebral palsy, it is important to pursue legal action as soon as possible. Filing a cerebral palsy lawsuit can help your family obtain financial compensation to help pay for your child's medical treatment.
To learn whether you may be eligible for cerebral palsy settlement compensation, get a free consultation for your medical malpractice case. Our experts are able to review your case and help you throughout the legal process.
Is there a cure for cerebral palsy?
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for cerebral palsy. There are many different treatment options such as medication, therapy, surgery, assistive technology, mobility aids, and more to manage your child's cerebral palsy symptoms.
How does cerebral palsy affect the body?
Cerebral palsy can cause difficulties with motor function as well as voluntary and involuntary muscle control. Children with cerebral palsy may experience jerky or floppy movements. The condition can also affect muscle tones. Some children may suffer from muscle contractures due to stiffened muscles, whereas other children may experience floppy or loose muscles.
What should I do if I think my child has cerebral palsy?
It is very important to consult with a cerebral palsy specialist as soon as possible if you suspect your child has developed cerebral palsy. Doctors that specialize in birth injuries will be able to run diagnostic tests to diagnose your child. Once your child is diagnosed, your doctor will create a treatment plan to manage your child's symptoms in a timely manner to improve the overall quality of life.
Is cerebral palsy genetic?
Although cerebral palsy itself is not hereditary is usually caused by birth trauma, there are potential genetic factors that can lead to the development of cerebral palsy.