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Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit

Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term that describes many forms of a non-progressive motor condition causing disability in humans in the area of body movement. Cerebral refers to the cerebrum, the affected area of the brain and palsy refers to a movement disorder. Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the developing brain, specifically the motor control centers.

Is Cerebral Palsy Caused by Medical Malpractice?

The cause is often due to a doctor’s failure to react when a mother is jaundiced, has high blood pressure, toxemia, or when the fetal heart rate changes. Cerebral palsy is not a disease, it is a condition that may not be due to medical malpractice but often is.

How do you know if your child has cerebral palsy? They may have had seizures within days after the birth. Often the infant requires oxygen following delivery. The child may have spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit and required an MRI or brain scan.

There is no cure for cerebral palsy, but therapy can help improve some functions.

How Common Is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy can occur during pregnancy and childbirth. About 2 in every 1,000 live births in the industrialized world results in an incidence of cerebral palsy. In the U.S. that translates to about 10,000 infants and babies diagnosed every year.

Patients with cerebral palsy have trouble controlling their movement and posture. They are physically limited and have accompanying limitations to their visual, auditory and communication, as well as in some cases learning disabilities. Victims of cerebral palsy, in some cases, can experience seizures.

There are different types of cerebral palsy:

  1. Spastic Diplegia – Both arms and legs have contractions or stiffness, also known as paraplegia.
  2. Ataxic Palsy – This rare form of cerebral palsy affects up to 10 percent of those suffering from cerebral palsy. Unsteadiness and poor balance character this form of cerebral palsy.
  3. Athetoid/Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy – Muscle tone in this form of cerebral palsy is either too tight or too loose. Also called dyskinetic cerebral palsy, a large number of people have high intelligence and also suffer from spasms.
  4. Mild Cerebral Palsy – Can be a mixture of the above.

While there is no identifiable cause of cerebral palsy, it can also occur before birth when the infant’s oxygen is cut off. Birth trauma during labor and delivery, multiple births, being born premature, low birth weight and hypoxia of the brain can all lead to cerebral palsy, as can a failure to detect a prolapsed cord or improper use of forceps.

Holding Negligent Florida Doctors Responsible for Cerebral Palsy in Jacksonville

If the doctor’s negligence led to this permanent brain injury, our Jacksonville medical malpractice lawyers may be able to file a lawsuit to obtain long-term medical care to provide the child with what he or she will need for a lifetime. The earlier you intervene and provide care for your child, the better the outcome will be.

The Jacksonville injury attorneys at Farah & Farah would like to remind you that there is a limited time within which to file a claim if your child has been injured during the birth process and now has cerebral palsy.