Cerebral palsy is one of the most common physical disabilities in the United States, with roughly 500,000 people suffering from the disorder. The disorder manifests itself in childhood and results in difficulties with movement of the limbs, though it can also affect the ability to speak, hear, or see. The effects of cerebral palsy can be devastating. While cerebral palsy has been studied extensively, there’s still much we don’t know about it, including its exact cause, though in many cases its origin appears to be rooted in medical negligence.
How Does Cerebral Palsy Develop?
Either at birth or sometime shortly thereafter, an issue with brain development or an injury causes cerebral palsy. In many cases, the development of cerebral palsy can be traced back to medical malpractice on the part of a physician.
Some examples of medical malpractice injuries and risk factors that may cause cerebral palsy include:
- Lack of oxygen
- Dropping a child
- Pulling a child out of the birth canal too forcefully
- Injury to a child from improper use of medical tools
- A labor lasting more than 18 hours
Common Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
There are several different types of cerebral palsy, and even two people who suffer from the same type of cerebral palsy can manifest different symptoms. Still, these signs are common in children with any form of the disorder:
- Slow or abnormal movements that the child is unable to control
- Inability to control muscles
- Spastic movements
- Atypical muscle development resulting in muscles that are overly stiff or floppy
Missing developmental milestones or any sort of intellectual disability may also be a sign of cerebral palsy.
If you suspect medical malpractice caused your child to develop cerebral palsy, you may wish to pursue a medical negligence lawsuit against the staff who attended your birth. Such a suit requires showing that the medical staff had a duty of care to the child and breached this duty by ignoring commonly accepted medical practices.
Filing a Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Lawsuit With The Help Of A Rolling Meadows Birth Injury Lawyer
If you believe your child developed cerebral palsy as a result of malpractice on the part of medical professionals, the medical malpractice attorneys at SAM LAW OFFICE, LLC in Rolling Meadows may be able to help you file a lawsuit in the state of Illinois.