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In many cases, a family may not know the cause of their childʼs cerebral palsy since your familyʼs health will be the most important concern. This is why itʼs important to seek the assistance of an experienced cerebral palsy attorney, in order to have someone to fight on behalf of your family for the compensation that your child deserves. The Wharton Law Firm can help your family determine the cause of your childʼs cerebral palsy leaving you to focus on providing your child the best care possible.
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Our law firm helps families handle the millions of dollars in cerebral palsy related expenses.
– Attorney Robert Wharton
If your child is suffering from cerebral palsy and you believe that the cause may be the negligence of a healthcare provider before, during, or after the delivery, you deserve to know the cause of the injury as well as the right to obtain fair compensation.
Such a recovery from the responsible healthcare providers can provide the financial resources to ensure the best long-term care for your childʼs needs.
For a free confidential consultation with an experienced cerebral palsy attorney, call 866-787-5265.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that can ultimately affect a childʼs motor skills, reflexes, movement control, motor skills, and muscle tone. Most often, cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage that develops before, during, or immediately after birth. In relation to medical malpractice, cerebral palsy is often caused by oxygen deficiency to the brain during labor, or immediately after birth.
Unfortunately, cerebral palsy cannot be cured, and can have immediately debilitating effects. The effects of cerebral palsy can vary in each individual child. Some children can have muscle spasms, while others are completely unable to walk. Other times children can suffer from seizures due to cerebral palsy, and even have severe cognitive disabilities. The condition can affect any muscle in the body, so possible complications include trouble with balance, eye problems, bladder or bowel problems, poor range of motion in joints, and difficulty swallowing.
Because cerebral palsy can cause a multitude of different conditions in every
child, you should consult your childʼs pediatrician right away if you notice any of these symptoms. Even if you notice things that do not stand out as obvious signs of cerebral palsy (such as abnormal movements or muscle spasms), you should always voice your concerns to your childʼs doctor. Early intervention is key when diagnosing and treating children with cerebral palsy.
Different Types of Cerebral Palsy
The three most common types of cerebral palsy are:
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy: Spastic cerebral palsy causes muscle stiffness and inhibits full movement, and is the most common type.
- Athetoid Cerebral Palsy: This type of cerebral palsy is evidenced by involuntary movement and slurred speech, and typically affects the arms, hands, and legs.
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: Ataxic cerebral palsy causes impaired balance and impaired coordination.
Spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy is the most severe form of spastic cerebral palsy. This type of cerebral palsy will often affect a childʼs entire body, and can significantly place them at risk of deformities of their limbs. Many children with spastic quadriplegia will also experience chronic seizures, so itʼs important to work with a healthcare team to figure out the best treatment options.
Another subcategory is mixed cerebral palsy, which occurs when a child has two or more types of the aforementioned kinds of cerebral palsy. The most common mixed cerebral palsy is spastic-dyskinetic cerebral palsy. When children have mixed cerebral palsy, a combination of symptoms may be present that correspond to each different type of the disorder they have.
These injuries can often occur during delivery as a result of negligence on behalf of the doctor or other member of the healthcare team. The resulting injuries can often be catastrophic and can last a lifetime. The Wharton Law Firmʼs goal in birth injury cases is to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for your child.
What Can Cause Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy can be caused before, during, and after delivery. Most often, cerebral palsy is caused by the disrupted flow of oxygen to a baby’s brain during the delivery or even immediately afterwards. Also, premature delivery and birth trauma during the delivery process can result in cerebral palsy. Other causes can include:
- Failure to perform a timely Cesarean section
- Traumatic injury due to improper delivery methods
- Delayed delivery resulting in lack of oxygen to the brain
- Failure to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord
- Failure to respond to fetal distress in a timely manner
- Failure to monitor the baby’s heart rate properly for signs of distress
Cerebral palsy can affect a child for the rest of his or her life. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the lifetime cost for a person born with cerebral palsy is over $1 million in both medical and non-medical expenses. In addition, proving that the negligence of a doctor or other healthcare provider caused your childʼs cerebral palsy can be very complex. If your child is suffering from cerebral palsy that may have been the result of negligence before, during, or after delivery, you and your family shouldn’t have to deal with the lifelong consequences alone. The experienced trial lawyers at the Wharton Law Firm will fight to ensure that you get the financial compensation and support that you need.
Call 866-787-5265 for a free and confidential initial consultation today.
What Can I Do to Get Help?
If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with, or you believe may suffer from cerebral palsy, and you suspect that medical malpractice may have caused or contributed to the injury, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover funds for your child’s healthcare expenses and pain and suffering. A lawsuit often can be the only way that these healthcare providers will correct future behaviors, which ensures that fewer future children have to suffer.
Contact the Wharton Law Firm today for a free consultation, at 866-787-5265.