Cerebral palsy – This term covers a range of disorders affecting the nerves that regulate and control the body’s muscles. Such limitations frequently appear within the first few years of life. “Cerebral” refers to the brain, while “palsy” refers to muscle weakness. The child’s difficulties may range from trouble with fine motor tasks, difficulty with balance and walking, speech problems and even impaired cognitive or intelligence functions.
Cerebral palsy can occur due to several reasons. There can be abnormalities in development during pregnancy which are not the fault of any medical care. There can be unavoidable complications during the delivery process. There can also be preventable error on the part of the doctors and nurses attending the birth.
Generally the diagnosis of cerebral palsy is not used until the doctors establish the fact that the situation is not likely to change; it is thus known as a “static encephalo palsy,” a permanent irreversible condition affecting the brain and central nervous system. This in turn impairs the child’s motor skills.
There are several types of CP and several recognized factors causing CP. Many times CP is the result of conditions of pregnancy beyond the control of the doctors following the pregnancy. Other cases of CP result from complications of the birth process, some preventable by good medical care, others not. Damaging events may also occur during the newborn period resulting in CP.
It is the task of the experienced medical-legal team of cerebral palsy birth injury lawyers to seek to identify those instances where better medical care could have prevented the damage to the baby from those where harm was unavoidable. To make this analysis, it is essential that all available medical information be gathered, complete medical records of the mother and baby be reviewed and knowledgeable experts be consulted. This analysis needs to be undertaken by lawyers experienced in handling the complex issues these cases present.
Lawyers at Murphy & Prachthauser are experienced in evaluating and litigating Cerebral Palsy cases. Clients we represented in their infancy are now productive adults. If you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, we urge you to call and allow us to work with you in evaluating your child’s situation.