Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders involving the brain and the nervous system functions such as movement, hearing, and sight.
The term “cerebral” refers to the brain, and “palsy” refers to paralysis, or lack of control of one’s body. It is a disability resulting from injury to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. Approximately 8,000 infants born in the United States are diagnosed with cerebral palsy each year.
Causes of and Treatment for Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is caused when an injury to the baby’s brain results in damage to the motor control centers. There is no cure for cerebral palsy, and a child with cerebral palsy often requires a lifetime of medical care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and special assistance. Naturally, caring for a child with cerebral palsy can be very expensive–more than most families can afford.
Impact of Cerebral Palsy
When there is faulty development or damage to motor areas, as in cerebral palsy, it disrupts the brain’s ability to control movement and posture sufficiently.
People with cerebral palsy must endure extremely difficult medical, social, and educational development. There are four main categories of cerebral palsy:
- Spastic cerebral palsy, which is the most common type and is characterized by muscle stiffness that makes movements appear stiff and jerky
- Athetoid cerebral palsy, the most common symptoms of which include slow, uncontrolled movements of the extremities and trunk, often accompanied by speech language disorders
- Ataxic cerebral palsy, which is the least common type and features tremors and speech and oral problems, and
- Mixed cerebral palsy, which combines spasticity and athenoid movements
If your child has cerebral palsy, and you believe the condition was caused by a birth injury, you may have grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor who delivered your baby, the hospital where your child was born, or other medical professionals involved in the pregnancy, birth, or neo-natal care unit.
Talk to an Experienced Birth Injury Attorney
Los Angeles birth injury lawyer Levik Yarian can review the facts of your case to determine whether you have a viable claim, and provide you with the trusted legal counsel and guidance to maximize your chances of recovering compensation for your child’s pain and suffering, decreased quality of life, future lost earning capacity, and all current and future medical expenses.
Our firm has helped many medical malpractice victims obtain financial compensation for their injuries. If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury as the result of the negligence of a doctor, hospital, nurse or other medical professional or facility, call our office today for a free consultation.