Perhaps one of the most devastating of all
birth injuries is cerebral palsy, because there is no known cure. Children who are diagnosed
with cerebral palsy will exhibit a variety of symptoms of varying degrees
of severity. While some children with mild cerebral palsy may be able
to live a fairly normal life, children with severe cerebral palsy may
require special care, therapy, and rehabilitation throughout their lives.
Cerebral palsy is considered the most common motor disability in childhood
and more than 764,000 children and adults are living with
cerebral palsy in the United States alone. This year, another 10,000 babies will be born
and develop cerebral palsy in infancy and childhood.
Cerebral palsy is usually caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain, which
in turn causes varying degrees of permanent brain damage. While cerebral
palsy can be caused by genetic factors and varying prenatal conditions,
a large portion is the result of a birth injury caused by medical negligence.
Financial Impact of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition that begins to show signs in early
infancy and childhood. Children with cerebral palsy may have difficulty
walking, talking, and eating. They may struggle with learning disabilities
or intellectual disabilities throughout their lives or they may have uncontrollable
seizures. As such, these children require an enormous amount of medical
care, medications, and physical and cognitive therapy.
It is estimated that over the course of a lifetime, a child with cerebral
palsy will incur nearly $1 million in medical expenses and rehabilitation.
This does not include indirect costs associated with parent’s lost
wages, decreased future earning potential for child, or modifying homes
to accommodate disability equipment.
Due to the severity of this birth injury, it is important to contact an
medical malpractice attorney immediately if you suspect that your child has suffered from
a physician’s negligence. Your attorney will need to review all
aspects of your child’s birth, as well as your entire prenatal history
to determine if a doctor or health care professional’s negligence
was the cause of your child’s injury.
Common causes of hypoxic episodes, which lead to cerebral palsy, include:
- Failure to diagnose dangerous prenatal condition
- Inadequate monitoring of mother and fetus during delivery
- Inattention by nursing staff or physician
- Failure to perform emergency C-section
- Improperly administered medication or anesthesia
- NICU nurse failure to monitor oxygen levels on baby properly
Was Your Child Injured at Birth? We Can Help.
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you believe a
birth injury was to blame, it is important to seek legal help immediately.
Call our Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice attorneys at (954) 522-6601 for a free consultation.