Cerebral Palsy Information

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At the United National Cerebral Palsy Lawyer group, our cerebral palsy lawyers are skilled birth injury attorneys who are dedicated to standing up for the rights of cerebral palsy patients who have been injured as the result of medical malpractice. Cerebral palsy is the term used to describe an irreversible type of brain injury, typically to the cerebellum, that results in impaired cognition, speech, coordination and movements. While a number of factors can play a role in the development of cerebral palsy, some of the most common causes of the disorder include genetic disposition, congenital abnormalities, prenatal stroke and medical malpractice.

When malpractice occurs, victims will likely have a birth injury case and may be entitled to a compensation for their medical bills, permanent disabilities and pain and suffering. Specific examples of such medical mistakes involve the doctors and nurses:

  • excessively using the vacuum extraction method
  • failing to promptly perform a C-section when birthing complications clearly call for one
  • failing to detect and treat a baby's lack of oxygen, meningitis and/or epilepsy
  • failing to diagnose and treat a mother's high blood pressure, toxemia or infections
  •  failing to recognize and treat a prolapsed umbilical cord (meaning the cord is caught around a baby's neck, potentially cutting off the oxygen supply)
  • failing to detect and respond to heart rate changes in the mother or baby
  • improperly using forceps

If you suspect that one of these mistakes took place in the delivery room, and if your infant is subsequently diagnosed with cerebral palsy, we invite you to attend a free, no-obligations consultation with one of our experienced lawyers for birth injuries.

Signs that Your Child May Have Cerebral Palsy

The symptoms of cerebral palsy will vary from patient to patient. While milder cases of cerebral palsy are generally diagnosed by the age of 5 (due to the subtly of the symptoms), more serious cases are usually identified by the time a child is 2 years old. The following is a list of possible signs and symptoms based on a child's age:

  • Between 2 and 6 months old: difficulty controlling the head when picked up, stiff legs, scissoring of the legs when picked up
  • Between 6 and 10 months old: persistent difficulty controlling the head, keeping one hand in a fist, only reaching with the other hand
  • Between 10 months to a years old: dragging the leg and arm on one side of the body while trying to crawl with the other, unable to sit upright on his or her own
  • Between 1 and 2 years old: unable to crawl, unable to stand on his or her own without support
  • Older than 2 years old: unable to walk, unable to push a toy with wheels

As a child matures, other common symptoms of cerebral palsy may include:

  • difficulty speaking
  • difficulty swallowing
  • drooling
  • lack of coordination
  • mental retardation
  • problems performing precise movements, such as writing
  • seizures
  • tremors
  • varied muscle tone (either poor muscle tone or overly toned muscles)
  • walking problems

If your child has cerebral palsy, the challenges ahead are many. To speak with an attorney to find out what legal remedies apply, please contact our cerebral palsy lawyers today. Call now (800) 646-6570 and schedule a FREE evaluation of your case.

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