Cerebral palsy is a life-altering developmental disability that often requires a lifetime of care and therapy.
Cerebral palsy one of the most common developmental disabilities among children in the the United States. According to statistics, as many as 764,000 children and adults are living with cerebral palsy in the United States. Each year, 8,000-10,000 new cases are reported. Parents may choose to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor or hospital if the condition developed as a result of a birth injury caused by the negligence of a doctor.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy
In 70 percent of cases, the cause of cerebral palsy is congenital and the condition develops during pregnancy. In 10 percent of cases, it is caused by injury or disease during the first few years of life, when the brain is still developing. Unfortunately, 20 percent of cerebral palsy cases can be attributed to a birth injury. In such cases, cerebral palsy is caused by the lack of oxygen supply to the baby’s brain during labor and delivery.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is not a disease in itself, but is a term used for a variety of neurological disorders that interfere with muscle coordination and body movement. It may not be possible to know if a baby has cerebral palsy at the time of birth; concerns arise only after the baby fails to meet developmental milestones. The baby may not be able to suck properly, hold its head, roll over, or sit up and stand on schedule. In some cases, the diagnosis is confirmed only after the child has turned 2 or 3 years of age. Common symptoms include:
- lack of muscle coordination and movement control
- spastic, slow, rigid, or shaky limbs
- impaired brain function
- hearing and vision problems
- difficulty swallowing, eating, and speaking
Medical Negligence Resulting in Cerebral Palsy
- Failure to diagnose and treat infections in the mother during pregnancy.
- Failure to detect and respond to a prolapsed umbilical cord.
- Failure to monitor fetal heart rate and vitals during pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
- Failure to order a cesarean section if the baby is too large for a vaginal birth.
- Improper and unsafe use of techniques such as vacuum and forceps.
Chicago Birth Injury Lawyer
If any of the above mentioned medical mistakes has caused a birth injury that resulted in cerebral palsy in your child, contact a Chicago birth injury lawyer from The Willens Law Offices. Cerebral palsy requires a lifetime of care. To ensure that you receive adequate compensation to care for the present and future financial needs of your child, call us at (312) 957-4166.