Cerebral Palsy Malpractice

Cerebral Palsy is a type of brain injury that usually diagnosed in the first few months after an infant is born. It is a lifelong disability and is incurable. The symptoms of cerebral palsy include loss of muscle control and movement, this often manifests as a failure to reach milestones, weak muscle tone, or walking on toes. Although many cases of cerebral palsy are not preventable, in cases where it is preventable, the parents of a child who develops cerebral palsy may be entitled to compensation for the development of the disease.

The three types of cerebral palsy are known as spastic, atheoid and ataxic. Spastic cerebral palsy results in difficulty in movement and stiffness. Athetoid cerebral palsy manifests as uncontrolled movements. Ataxic cerebral palsy causes problems with depth perception and balance.

The majority of cerebral palsy cases are congenital, which means that they occurred before or during the time of birth. This can be due to a variety of reasons including:

  • Prolonged stress during the labor period,
  • Deprivation of oxygen during labor period or while in the womb,
  • Infections during pregnancy,
  • Blood disorders in the mother,
  • Meningitis in the mother,
  • Genetic disorders,

OB/GYNs have a duty to monitor the baby during the labor process. They have tools that they must use to monitor a fetuses oxygen level, and level of distress. Additionally, when a baby is in distress during birth, it should be obvious to the medical staff. When medical staff fail to meet their duty of care to the mother and newborn child they can be held legally liable for birth injuries that result.

If medical staff fail to meet their duty of care the damages from cerebral palsy or other brain injuries will result in lifelong costs for medical care. Damages that can be awarded in a successful malpractice claim include the costs for medical expenses, pain and suffering, nursing, assistive devices, lost income, and other costs.

If you think that your child developed cerebral palsy due to the negligence of medical staff contact a Palm Beach County cerebral palsy attorney to explain your legal options.  The Law Offices of William E. Johnson, P.A. can help you hold the negligent parties legally and financially responsible. To learn more about Palm Beach County cerebral palsy malpractice call the Law Offices of William E. Johnson, P.A. at 561-832-4848 or request a consultation online, quickly and easily. We serve Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and all of South Florida.