For decades, the Pennsylvania cerebral palsy lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have fought for the rights of birth injury victims throughout the state. We know that an injury can lead to a lifelong disorder such as cerebral palsy — one that will cost you and your family thousands of dollars in doctor bills. That’s why our attorney fight for the injured, to give your child a voice in the courtroom and make sure that no one else is injured by a healthcare professional’s negligence ever again.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy, also known as CP, is a medical disorder that impacts muscle coordination, posture, and the ability to move. It is caused by abnormal development of the brain and often happens before the child is born. It appears early in a child’s life and can last the life of the person. Symptoms include stiff muscles, difficulty walking, delays in motor skills, difficulty with vision and hearing, and even seizures and intellectual disabilities. Cerebral palsy calls for long-term medical treatment which includes physical therapy, medication, and possibly surgery.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood. About one in 323 children have been identified with CP.
When a Birth Injury Causes CP
The cause of cerebral palsy is unknown; yet, there are many factors that lead to the disorder, especially in the birth and delivery process:
- An infection in the mother can affect the development of the fetus
- A fetal stroke caused by a disruption of the blood supply to the brain
- A head injury to the infant, such as fall
- An infection in the infant, causing inflammation in or around the brain
- Lack of oxygen to the brain related to either a difficult labor or delivery, also known as asphyxia
Many of these causes can be avoided if the medical professional had not been negligent in his/her duty of care.