Cerebral palsy is frequently a devastating condition, requiring lifelong medical care and treatment. While the causes of cerebral palsy are sometimes debatable, the condition can be caused by medical malpractice and/or negligence. Damage to a baby’s brain before, during, or shortly after birth caused by negligent health care can lead to the development of cerebral palsy.
If your child suffers from cerebral palsy and you suspect that the negligence or malpractice of a healthcare professional contributed to cause the condition, you need to ensure that your legal rights are protected. You and your family may be entitled to compensation for your losses and future cerebral palsy treatments. Please contact Cline Farrell Christie Lee & Bell today for a free consultation with a caring and qualified attorney who can help you understand your legal rights.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy: This is the most common type of cerebral palsy, and its symptoms include muscle stiffness and/or permanent muscle contracture.
- Athetoid Cerebral Palsy: This type of cerebral palsy is marked by involuntary, slow, writhing muscle movements.
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: The most rare type of cerebral palsy, it’s marked by impaired depth perception, poor coordination, and difficulty with quick and/or precise movements.
- Mixed Cerebral Palsy: A child with mixed cerebral palsy suffers from a combination of any of the types listed above.
Medical Mistakes and Cerebral Palsy
A number of medical mistakes can cause the development of cerebral palsy in a child. Common medical mistakes that may lead to cerebral palsy include:
- Failure to Recognize Infections During Pregnancy
- Failure to Respond to Fetal Distress in a Timely Fashion
- Failure to Perform a Timely “C” Section When Necessary
- Failure to Recognize and Treat Oxygen Deprivation
- Failure to Recognize and Treat Meningitis
Your Legal Rights
If your child suffers from any form of cerebral palsy and you feel that it’s a result of a mistake made by medical professionals, you should contact Cline Farrell Christie Lee & Bell today for a free consultation. We can evaluate your case and determine your child’s eligibility to recover compensation for medical costs, physical injuries, mental anguish, and more. We look forward to hearing from you and we welcome the opportunity to serve and assist you.