Cerebral palsy is a disorder caused by malformation or damage to the brain before, during, or after birth. The condition is serious and lifelong, and may result in complications including:
- Intellectual and learning difficulties
- Speech, vision, or hearing problems
- Poor muscle control and coordination
- Poor reflexes
- Chronic pain
- Abnormal touch perceptions
- Urinary incontinence
- Mental health conditions
Children diagnosed with cerebral palsy may also be more likely to struggle with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and may be more prone to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well.
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you suspect medical negligence played a role, you may have cause to file a birth injury lawsuit. Call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance at 404-760-7400 to schedule a complimentary case review and learn more. Located in Atlanta, we welcome families struggling with the complexities of birth injury from all parts of Georgia.
Does Your Child Have Cerebral Palsy? We Can Help
Finding out that your child has cerebral palsy can be very frightening. We are here to help your family through the entire process. Our attorneys will provide you with local and national support organizations, such as Babies Can’t Wait, along with other resources for families and children dealing with the consequences of cerebral palsy. We will also stand by your side, protect you against the sneaky tactics often employed by negligent healthcare providers, and fight tirelessly for the compensation your child’s injury demands.
Having a child with cerebral palsy means taking into account the services he or she will need for life. This may include:
- Special schooling
- After-school care
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Adaptive technology
Cerebral palsy is a lifelong disorder. This can be a profound economic and emotional burden.
The National Institutes of Health reports that lifetime costs for individuals with cerebral palsy can reach or exceed $2 million. If the disorder was a result of medical negligence, these costs should not be shouldered by the victim’s family, they should be covered through a suitable medical malpractice settlement that also takes into account the emotional struggles this disorder will cause. Our attorneys are prepared to fight for the fair and full compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Us?
The birth injury lawyers at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance have decades of experience helping families deal with the consequences of medical negligence. Experienced and dedicated, we have a labor and delivery nurse on staff as well as attorneys who have worked for the medical industry, giving us unique insight into how these injuries occur and a comprehensive understanding of how they are defended.
We will not back down to powerful interests. We will fight, tooth and nail, for every penny your family deserves. Call us at 404-760-7400 to set up a cost and obligation-free consultation and learn more.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy
When cerebral palsy is a result of medical malpractice, it is typically caused by a lack of oxygen during delivery. Asphyxiation during birth is often a result of improper monitoring, though several other factors can play a role as well.
Additional causes of cerebral palsy may include:
- Improper use of delivery equipment
- Undiagnosed fetal or maternal infection
- Intracranial bleeding
- Umbilical cord complications
- Cephalopelvic disproportion
- Shoulder dystocia
- Placental disruption
- Uterine rupture
A majority of cerebral palsy claims arising from birth injury involve fetal asphyxiation. It is possible that several cases of cerebral palsy could be avoided every year if C-Sections were performed as soon as needed. Delayed C-Section or vaginal birth following C-Section are both risk factors for oxygen deprivation and brain injury during labor and delivery.
If your labor or delivery was rocky and your child has been diagnosed with brain injury or cerebral palsy, you may have cause to file suit. Call our Atlanta birth injury lawyers today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
There are several symptoms of cerebral palsy that should be brought to the attention of your child’s doctor:
- Excessive muscle stiffness or rigidity
- Muscle spasticity or involuntary tremors
- Muscle weakness
- Lack of muscle coordination
- Frequent slow, writing movements
- Difficulties sucking or eating
These issues may be noticeable even in early infancy. Some of the symptoms of cerebral palsy will, however, not be apparent until benchmarks are not being met. These include:
- Difficulties rolling over and crawling
- Difficulties walking
- Favoring one side of the body
- Delay in fine motor skills
- Delay in speech development
It is common for babies with cerebral palsy to strongly favor one side of the body. This often results in asymmetrical movements which may include using just one arm to push when crawling or dragging one foot or leg when walking. These symptoms may indicate brain injury sustained during birth and should be discussed with a doctor as soon as they appear.
Do You Have a Case?
If your child’s brain injury was a result of medical negligence, you are entitled to compensation for all related damages. Call 404-760-7400 for a complimentary case review with one of the Atlanta birth injury lawyers at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance to learn how we can help.
We maintain two offices in Atlanta. We serve Columbus, Augusta, Savannah, Decatur, and all surrounding areas of Georgia.