Philadelphia Cerebral Palsy Lawyer
Cerebral palsy is among the most common of all birth injuries in the United States. Although not all cerebral palsy cases occur during childbirth, a traumatic birth can cause a baby to suffer the condition. Certain birth complications, such as a lack of oxygen during labor or delivery, can result in cerebral palsy. Babies can also develop the condition in cases involving uterine rupture and problems with the umbilical cord. Premature birth is also one of many risk factors for cerebral palsy.
At LawMD, we know how devastating a cerebral palsy diagnosis is for families. Because the condition varies so greatly from child to child, parents don’t always know how badly their child will be affected. In many cases, parents are forced to play a waiting game while their child grows from infancy to toddlerhood and beyond.
Because many of our trial lawyers are also respected medical doctors, we have the training and experience it takes to handle these sensitive cases. We count Board Certified pediatricians and neonatologists among our legal team, and we put our skills to work for our clients. Whatever legal challenges you’re facing, you can count on us to help you get through them.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
As a parent, hearing a doctor diagnose your baby or young child with cerebral palsy can be a terrifying experience. Because the disorder is not always immediately obvious at birth, it can take years for a child to receive a diagnosis.
It’s natural to wonder why and how this happened. Understandably, you want answers. You also want to know whether a doctor’s negligence is responsible for your child’s injury.
The term “cerebral palsy” is actually a general term used to describe a number of disorders that affect muscle movement, motor skills, and muscle tone. There are about 500,000 children in the U.S. with some form of cerebral palsy. It is not a progressive disorder, which means it does not get worse over time. The disorder can also be broken down into three types:
- Spastic cerebral palsy – causes stiffness and problems with movement
- Athetoid cerebral palsy – children with athetoid cerebral palsy have uncontrollable and involuntary body movements
- Ataxic cerebral palsy – this form of cerebral palsy causes balance problems and issues with depth perception
Many children with cerebral palsy have difficulties standing, walking, and performing tasks that require fine motor skills, such as lifting a spoon to their mouth. In severe cases, a child with cerebral palsy may lack bladder and bowel control. Other children with serious forms of cerebral palsy are non-verbal and largely dependent on caretakers for most of their needs.
Get the Compensation Your Child Deserves
As you might expect, cerebral palsy can take a tremendous toll on a family’s finances and resources. Depending on the severity or the disorder, a child may require constant care. In many families, one parent is forced to stop working to stay home to care for a child with cerebral palsy.
If your child’s cerebral palsy is due to a birth injury, our lawyers will work tirelessly to make sure you and your family receive the compensation you need to care for your child. You should not have to suffer financial insecurity due to a doctor’s mistake or a hospital’s negligence.
Call the Philadelphia Cerebral Palsy Lawyer at LawMD Today
Our Philadelphia cerebral palsy lawyers are available to speak to you today. We offer free case evaluations from an experienced medical malpractice lawyer and attorney-physician. Contact LawMD today to speak to a lawyer about your birth injury case. You can get in touch online, or call us at 888-MY-LAWMD.