Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a permanent disability caused by brain damage. The severity of the condition depends on the level of brain damage: some  sufferers have only minor balance and coordination problems, while in more severe cases, sufferers need a wheelchair and full-time care. Cerebral palsy primarily affects motor ability, but can also cause cognitive impairment, learning disabilities, or vision and hearing loss. Other symptoms of cerebral palsy include involuntary muscle movements, stiffness, seizures, and speech problems.

In many cases in which a child’s cerebral palsy was caused by such medical negligence or malpractice, the parents have contacted the expert legal team at The Sanders Firm and commenced a cerebral palsy lawsuit which brought them significant financial compensation for their child’s pain and suffering, hardship, loss of quality of life, medical expenses, and lifetime care.

Failing to respond immediately and appropriately to a medical emergency such as hypoxia is one example of medical negligence that can result in a child suffering cerebral palsy. Other examples of medical negligence or malpractice during labor or delivery include:

  • Excessive force during delivery
  • Improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction (which can result in brain hemorrhage or bone fracture)
  • Failing to do a C-section when needed
  • Failing to recognize an emergency such as fetal distress, umbilical cord problems, or infection in the mother or child
  • Failing to follow protocol in cases of breech presentation, premature birth, or underweight/overweight newborns

Birth injury attorneys New York

If your child suffers from cerebral palsy caused by medical negligence or malpractice, the medical malpractice lawyers of the Sanders Firm can help. We will listen to your case, explain the legal process in clear terms, and fight on behalf of your baby to obtain the financial compensation you deserve.

Many children suffer cerebral palsy resulting from a birth injury. In some cases, the injury could have been prevented if the medical personnel attending the birth had taken appropriate action. For example, if a condition such as hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain) occurs during labor or delivery, the medical team needs to respond immediately to alleviate the problem. If they fail to take appropriate action, the infant may suffer brain damage which results in cerebral palsy.

The New York cerebral palsy lawyers at The Sanders Firm have won substantial settlements for parents whose children were born with cerebral palsy resulting from a birth injury.

Filing a cerebral palsy lawsuit in New York

If your child has suffered cerebral palsy or other birth injury due to medical negligence in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island or Long Island, the attorneys at The Sanders Law Firm offer a free, no obligation consultation to determine if you are eligible for monetary damages. Call today for a free legal evaluation. We can help you get the compensation you need, and deserve.  Call toll-free: 1.800 FAIR PLAY (800.324.7752).