Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in children. It is an incurable disorder that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. Cerebral palsy can be caused by either abnormal brain development or damage to the brain while it is developing.[1] If your child’s cerebral palsy is due to a medical mistake resulting in brain damage, you may be eligible for a cerebral palsy lawsuit. Contact Counsel Hound today for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.

Types of Cerebral Palsy

  • Spastic Cerebral Palsy (80%)
  • Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy
  • Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
  • Mixed Cerebral Palsy

Signs of Cerebral Palsy

The signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy are not always obvious at first. Most children are not diagnosed until they are two years or older.[2] The disorder’s symptoms vary significantly from child to child. Cerebral palsy typically presents as problems with development, movement, and coordination.

Symptoms may include:

  • Weak arms or legs
  • Appearing too stiff or too floppy
  • Clumsy or jerky movements
  • Uncontrolled and random movements
  • Muscle spasms
  • Delays in reaching motor skill milestones

Diagnosing Cerebral Palsy

An early cerebral palsy diagnosis is important to the child’s development and their family, but it requires several steps and may take two or more years.

  • Developmental Monitoring
    • Tracking a child’s growth and development over time.
  • Developmental screening
    • Testing the child for specific developmental delays.
  • Developmental and Medical Evaluations
    • Diagnosing the specific type of disorder affecting the child.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for cerebral palsy. It is important to begin treatment as soon as possible as treatment can drastically improve the lives of those with the disorder. The first step in the process is a diagnosis. After the child is diagnosed, a team of medical professionals will continue to work with the family to help the child reach their full potential.[3]

Common treatments include:

  • Medicines
  • Surgery
  • Braces
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapy

Lawsuits

Medical negligence can cause an infant to develop cerebral palsy. This can occur before, during, or after the birth of the child. Examples of medical negligence and malpractice that may cause cerebral palsy include:

  • Failing to perform a necessary C-section
  • Failing to monitor fetal signs and distress adequately
  • Failing to act on monitored danger
  • Improperly using birth-assisting tools
  • Improperly delivering an infant
  • Improperly administering anesthesia

Why File a Lawsuit?

Filing a cerebral palsy lawsuit may help:

  • Victims of medical negligence focus on health and treatment.
  • Families afford the cost of their loved one’s medical expenses.
  • Hold medical providers accountable for their negligence.
  • Encourage other victims to seek fair compensation for their injuries.

Compensation:

A cerebral palsy diagnosis can leave you with physical, emotional, and financial hardships. Our Counsel Hound lawyers will work to maximize your settlement or award. Types of compensation you may be eligible for include economic and non-economic damages.

Economic Damages:

  • If you incurred medical expenses related to the diagnosis and treatment of cerebral palsy, we would work to have you reimbursed.
  • If the diagnosis forced you to miss work or suffer a wage decrease at a new position, we would prove your losses with timesheets.
  • If you lost a loved one to cerebral palsy, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death suit.

Non-Economic Damages:

Some damages cannot be proven with lost wages, property damages, etc., and you and your loved ones may face emotional suffering because of the diagnosis. Our lawyers will work to include all available compensation in your case.