Cerebral palsy is an incurable condition typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth. The condition manifests itself in impaired muscle coordination and/or other disabilities. Depending on its severity, individuals with this condition require lifelong care. Receiving this diagnosis for your baby can be devastating. Speaking to a cerebral palsy lawyer can help you decipher the why and how.
Untreated health issues in the mother, inadequate fetal monitoring, and a failure to perform necessary procedures are preventable issues that can lead to a birth injury such as cerebral palsy.
Various myths surround the condition. Cerebral palsy is not always preventable. Nonetheless, the cause behind the condition is at times a medical error committed by negligent healthcare providers. It’s true that many children with cerebral palsy have communication deficits, but not all do. There are ways to ease the financial burden of lifelong care. A jury award can provide just compensation for avoidable injuries.
Cerebral palsy is not the only condition associated with a birth injury. When excessive force is used during birth, the brachial plexus, a group of nerves that control shoulder and arm muscles, may be injured. This results in Erb’s Palsy, Brachial Plexus Palsy, or Erb-Duchenne Paralysis. Klumpke Paralysis is when the arm and hand are also affected.