Cerebral palsy (CP) is a permanent and irreversible crippling condition that affects the central nervous system. Most victims develop this disability before birth or shortly thereafter. While CP can develop under even the best medical care, many cases are caused by negligence at the time of birth or before the child leaves the hospital. If this is the case, it would be wise to contact a cerebral palsy lawyer, as there may be grounds for a suit and monetary damages.
Factors Contributing to Cerebral Palsy
Anything that interferes with development of the nervous system, or deprives the supply of oxygen or nutrition to the brain, can contribute to CP.
At the time of birth, oxygen loss can occur due to:
- uncorrected problems with the umbilical cord;
- damage to the placenta; or
- fetal distress, where the fetus is stuck in the birth canal.
After birth, especially in premature births, CP can arise due to untreated complications with the:
- digestive systems, or
- from untreated seizures.
With all of these cases, it is possible damage could have been avoided or that improper medical procedures contributed to the severity of the problem. When medical negligence is a factor in the problem, then a civil suit is likely prudent to ensure there is accountability and redress.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Symptoms of CP include spasticity, seizures, delayed or abnormal development, paralysis, and mental retardation. CP victims, depending on the severity of the disorder, require specialized care and therapy for the rest of their lives. Added to the cost of such intensive long-term care is the loss of enjoyment of life that the victim experiences. Finally, it is always difficult to put a number on the emotional pain and suffering which victims and their families endure.
Retain Legal Counsel
If you or a loved one suffers from cerebral palsy, please call The Rothenberg Law Firm at 1-800-624-8888 or submit an InjuryLawyer.com online free case evaluation.
The initial consultation is FREE of charge. We work on a contingency fee basis. Meaning, if we agree to handle your case, there are no legal fees unless we are successful in getting you money.
Some lawsuits need be filed before an impending expiration date, known as the Statute of Limitations. Therefore, call or contact us right away to ensure that you do not waive your rights to money damages or other benefits.