What is Cerebral Palsy?
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Approximately 85 to 90 percent of Cerebral Palsy is caused by abnormal brain development or damage before or during birth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is known as congenital Cerebral Palsy.
A lack of oxygen to the brain of a child during delivery or pregnancy due to a medical error or an infection affecting the mother and fetus may cause Cerebral Palsy. Doctors are obligated to monitor the health of a mother and child and intervene as necessary.
A small percentage of Cerebral Palsy is known as acquired Cerebral Palsy which occurs 28 days or more after birth and is most commonly caused by infection, bleeding in the brain or head trauma.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy—Increased muscle tone causes stiff limbs and exaggerated reflexes and movement.
- Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy—Uncontrollable rapid or slow movements of hands, arms, legs and feet, making it difficult to sit and walk.
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy—Lack of balance while standing or walking.
- Hypotonic Cerebral Palsy—Characterized by weak muscle tone and floppy muscles that make movements difficult.
- Mixed Cerebral Palsy—Indicating a diagnosis of multiple types of CP.
Treatment & Care for Cerebral Palsy
Cost of Medical Treatment
Cost of Supportive Care
Loss of Earnings
Do You Have a Legal Claim For Your Child's Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury?
Pursuing a Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Lawsuit
The economic impact on the family of a child with Cerebral Palsy can create stress and financial hardship. If your child's injury was caused by a doctor's negligence, your family may file a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking compensation for current and future medical costs and losses, and for your child's pain and suffering.
In New York, there are strict time limitations in which a Cerebral Palsy lawsuit must be filed. The senior medical malpractice attorneys at Finz & Finz, P.C. will guide you through the litigation process and work diligently to maximixe the compensation that you and your family deserve. That is our commitment to you.