What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a non-progressing condition that affects motor function and muscle coordination. It is brain damage, often caused by lack of oxygen, which can occur during development, in utero, or as the result of a birth injury. Your child’s medical records may refer to this injury in the more complicated medical term hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy which means brain damage due to oxygen deprivation at birth.
At The Donnelly Law Firm, our New Jersey cerebral palsy lawyers have more than 50 years of combined experience handling complex birth injury claims. We know what to look for when investigating cerebral palsy claims, including signs that your doctor failed to uphold the standard duty of care. Our legal team is passionate about securing the justice you and your family are owed.
For a free, confidential case evaluation, call our office at (800) 398-1866 or contact us online today.
What are the Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy affects the part of the brain that controls motor function and can present in the following symptoms:
- Lack of balance and muscle coordination
- Tremors or involuntary movements
- Excessive drooling or problems with swallowing
- Difficulty with sucking or eating
- Delays in speech development or difficulty speaking
- Learning difficulties
Cerebral palsy can affect your baby's entire body or only one side of the body and may not be immediately apparent but will show up as the baby ages from infancy into preschool years. If you notice any of these symptoms or other developmental delays, your child may be suffering from cerebral palsy.
Medical Malpractice That Leads to Cerebral Palsy
If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after a difficult labor or delivery, it is possible that a doctor or nurse’s failure to properly respond to fetal distress is to blame.
If your doctor failed to address signs of fetal distress—either by improperly monitoring your baby’s oxygen levels, failing to order an emergency C-section, or otherwise failing to uphold the standard duty of care—and your child was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy, reach out to our firm as soon as possible. We can help you seek justice and the fair compensation you need to properly care for your child.
Damages You Can Recover to improve Your Child's Quality of Life
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it does not mean that he or she cannot —or does not deserve—to live a full, happy life. That being said, the total lifetime cost of caring for someone with cerebral palsy can be immense. Your child will likely require a great deal of medical treatment and specialized equipment, and you may need to rearrange your own life to provide for your child.
Depending on the unique circumstances involved in your case, you may be able to recover compensation for the following damages:
- All medical expenses required for your child, including past, current, and future treatment
- Required medications and medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, ramps, braces, etc.
- Special education costs, counseling expenses, and more
- Lost income and/or wages from time you have taken off work to care for your child
- Lost potential future earnings, if your child’s condition will prevent him/her from working
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress suffered by you or your child
- Home care costs (if needed)
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
If your child’s cerebral palsy is the result of a birth injury caused by medical malpractice or negligence, our firm can help you work to recover the maximum compensation you are owed. This compensation can allow you to secure the crucial care your child needs and improve his or her quality of life.
Call The Donnelly Law Firm at (800) 398-1866 to speak to one of our experienced New Jersey cerebral palsy attorneys today.