For over forty years, Anapol Weiss has been helping victims who have been affected by traumatic birth injuries such as cerebral palsy. Our Philadelphia cerebral palsy injury lawyers have advanced knowledge of medicine and the accepted standards of care during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. We are committed to helping families pursue compensation when doctors fail to abide by these standards, causing harm. Let our firm be your comprehensive resource for legal counsel and direction during this tough time. For a free consultation regarding your child’s cerebral palsy birth injury, call (866) 735-2792 or contact us online.
Birth injuries in Philadelphia can have a variety of ramifications, from brain damage to motor function impairment. The nature of the injury determines what symptoms an infant may experience. Cerebral palsy (CP) is an injury to the brain that can occur before, during, or shortly after birth. CP affects an infant’s movement and muscle tone. Typically, parents notice signs of CP in toddlers. Sadly, Cerebral palsy can result from medical malpractice during labor. Anapol Weiss’s mission is to hold negligent physicians responsible for cases of cerebral palsy.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that results from a brain injury or malformation during the development of an infant’s brain. CP affects body movement, muscle coordination, muscle tone, motor skills, reflex, and balance. The extent of impairment varies from person to person. CP can affect different parts of the body with differing levels of severity. Individuals with CP may suffer muscle contraction or trembling limbs, as well as intellectual impairment or seizures. Hearing and visual impairments are also linked to Cerebral palsy.
Known causes of cerebral palsy include malformation of the brain or injury to the brain before, during, or immediately after birth while the brain is still developing. CP is a common disorder, affecting about 10,000 of children born each year. There is currently no cure for CP. If your child has Cerebral palsy, you may be facing long-term care and a life of medical bills. If professional negligence played a part in your child’s condition, seek help from an attorney. You may be eligible to receive compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost quality of life, and more.
CP and Medical Malpractice
During pregnancy and delivery, it is a physician’s duty to pay careful attention to the vital signs of both mother and baby. While not all brain malformations are preventable, in many cases, they are. If a physician provides inadequate or incompetent care during labor and delivery, it can impact brain function and development. Cerebral palsy can result from injuries such as:
- Genetic and environmental factors disturbing brain cell migration or the movement of cells into the proper location during brain development.
- Poor insulation of nerve cell fibers as they develop. An inadequate protective covering on nerve cells can impede brain function.
- Brain cell death during the birthing process. Events during delivery can rupture blood vessels or cut off oxygen flow to the brain, resulting in brain cell death.
- Trauma, infections, or lack of oxygen to the brain can damage the synapses (connections) between brain cells.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
There are four types of cerebral palsy and they are grouped according to the number of limbs affected.
- Mixed cerebral palsy – a combination of the 3 types of CP listed below
- Ataxic cerebral palsy
- Spastic cerebral palsy – the most common form of cerebral palsy
- Athetoid cerebral palsy
There are many instances throughout the birthing process in which something can go wrong and cause CP. It is up to a physician to detect these issues and take swift action to prevent brain damage and other harms. Failure to do so, resulting in a birth injury, is cause for a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawsuit.
Contact an Experienced Cerebral Palsy Attorney in Philadelphia
Proving that medical malpractice caused cerebral palsy is difficult, but not impossible, as long as you have the right resources. Determining the cause may take studying MRIs or CT scans, looking at the child’s medical history, conducting lab tests, and hiring an expert to testify. With the right team of lawyers, you improve your chances of securing compensation for a birth injury. At Anapol Weiss, it’s our mission to give children with cerebral palsy and other conditions from birth trauma the level of representation they deserve.