Unfortunately, cerebral palsy is a major concern in medical malpractice cases involving birth injuries. This condition results from a lack of oxygen to the brain during childbirth and is one of the most severe birth injuries that an infant can sustain. Cerebral palsy may not be diagnosed immediately and can have life-long consequences to the baby and the family, as they will face a lifetime of medical treatment and care.
Free Cerebral Palsy Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, brachial plexus palsy or Erb’s palsy, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
Cerebral palsy is caused by an injury to the brain before, during, or shortly following birth. Cerebral palsy affects a person’s body movements and muscle coordination. Lack of oxygen to the brain can cause fetal distress, which can be detected by correctly interpreting the fetal monitor strip. If the fetal distress is not diagnosed or treated soon enough, a child may be born with cerebral palsy. The damage to a child’s cerebrum caused by the lack of oxygen may disrupt the brain’s ability to control movement and posture, and may result in the loss of nerve functions in many different areas.
Cerebral Palsy Facts
Here are some key facts about cerebral palsy:
- About 10,000 babies per year in the U.S. will develop cerebral palsy.
- An estimated 800,000 people have cerebral palsy in the U.S.
- About 2-3 children per 1,000 have cerebral palsy.
- In 2003, the average lifetime cost of cerebral palsy is an estimated $921,000. This does not include hospital visits, emergency room visits, residential care, and other out of pocket expenses.
- Two-thirds of children with cerebral palsy will be mentally impaired.
- For every 1000 babies born, about 2-3 endure brachial plexus birth injuries (see Erb’s palsy). This tops the incidents of Down’s syndrome or muscular dystrophy.
The road ahead for parents or guardians of a child with cerebral palsy may look daunting at times. If you have just received confirmation of your child’s disability, it’s likely you are struggling with anger and grief as the reality of the situation sinks in. With money worries often of great concern, it can be comforting to know that you may be entitled to financial damages for the injuries suffered by your child.
Do I have a Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit?
The Birth Injury Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in cerebral palsy, brachial plexus palsy, and Erb’s palsy lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.