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North & South Carolina Cerebral Palsy Attorney

North & South Carolina Cerebral Palsy Attorney

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Cerebral palsy (CP) is a medical condition that occurs during the birth process, and that can affect a child for the rest of their lives. While cerebral palsy can happen for natural and unavoidable reasons, it can also be the result of negligence on the part of a medical professional. Such negligence can result in a lifetime of losses for children and their families.

While you cannot turn back time and prevent the cerebral palsy from occurring, the law does give you the right to take legal action against the responsible doctor or medical staff. Medical malpractice claims are highly complex, however, so you need a highly skilled birth injury lawyer on your side. If your child received a diagnosis of cerebral palsy in North Carolina or South Carolina, please consult with the personal injury firm of Bice Law for free as soon as possible.

Cerebral Palsy Diagnoses and Effects

Cerebral palsy can result in movement disorders and problems with mine motor skills.

Different types of cerebral palsy will cause different types of impairments and disabilities and can affect your child’s ability to engage in different types of everyday activities. Types of cerebral palsy include the following:

 

  • Spastic Cerebral Palsy – This is the most common form of CP, involved in approximately 80 percent of diagnoses. Victims have increased muscle tone, leading to severe stiffness and awkward movements. Some types affect the legs only, one side of the body only, or the entire body. The condition can affect walking abilities or even cause seizures or sensory issues.
  • Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy – This type of CP can cause uncontrolled or involuntary movements of the muscles that can be jerky and quick. Victims can experience muscles changing from too loose to too tight due to constant changes in muscle tone.
  • Ataxic Cerebral Palsy – Victims of this condition can struggle with coordination, balances, quick movements, or movements that need higher levels of control. For these reasons, they often feel unsteady when they walk.

 

In addition to the effects of specific types of cerebral palsy, all patients may suffer additional symptoms, including:

  • Trouble eating, sucking, and swallowing
  • Trouble picking up or holding items
  • Decrease range of motion
  • Speech delays and difficulties
  • Neuromuscular problems

These issues require costly medical care, medical equipment, and other management assistance. The medical bills will keep piling up over the course of a child’s life, often costing hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. In addition, symptoms of cerebral palsy can limit a child’s ability to participate in many activities or pursue certain lines of work.

At Bice Law, we know that victims of cerebral palsy and their families deserve to recover financially for their extensive losses when a doctor’s negligence led to the condition. Do not hesitate to discuss your rights with us today.

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that cerebral palsy occurs due to damage to the brain or abnormal development of the brain, and the large majority of cases happen before or during birth. Such damage or development issues can affect the brain’s regulation of body movements and muscle control. Some causes of brain irregularities include:

  • Premature birth and low birth weight
  • Infections during the pregnancy
  • Birth complications
  • Trauma to the child during birth

In many cases, CP results from oxygen and/or blood being cut off from the brain, which results in an anoxic brain injury and damaged brain tissue. Determining the root of the cerebral palsy in your child is essential to determining your legal rights.

Can You Hold a Doctor Responsible for Cerebral Palsy?

Not all cases of cerebral palsy result from medical errors, however, some cases definitely do. Additionally, not every medical error constitutes medical malpractice, though some errors do give you this cause of action. Doctors are required to provide a certain standard of care for each patient, and this includes acting as other reasonable and similarly trained doctors would in the same situation. There are many ways a medical professional can stray from this standard of care during a patient’s pregnancy or birth that can lead to cerebral palsy.

Some acts of medical negligence that can cause CP include:

  • Not properly diagnosing or treating an infection during pregnancy
  • Not identifying when there are risks for a dangerous birth
  • Failing to order a C-section when needed
  • Not diagnosing a dangerous position of the baby in the uterus
  • Failing to take steps to prevent premature birth
  • Not responding appropriately to signs of fetal distress during labor and delivery
  • Using forceps or vacuums inappropriately
  • Not providing immediate attention or resuscitation for a newborn who is not breathing on their own
  • Failing to properly treat jaundice

In many cases, if doctors identify risk factors for premature or high-risk birth, they can take steps to protect the child. These include ordering bed rest, automatically scheduling a C-section, and more. If a doctor should have taken such action but failed to do so, the doctor should be held liable if a child gets cerebral palsy. In addition, babies can become oxygen deprived in many ways during labor and delivery. If a doctor allows a child to remain in distress or injures the child by misusing birthing tools, the doctor should also be accountable for the long-term effects of the brain damage.

Doctors should also properly test for and diagnose and infections or health problems in a mother during pregnancy, as well as any health problems in a newborn right after birth. If such health conditions are not properly treated, the child can have an underdeveloped or injured brain that can lead to cerebral palsy.

Proving medical malpractice is no simple task. Our law firm regularly hires medical experts who can evaluate whether a doctor failed to meet the required standard of care and caused injury to a child. We fight for maximum compensation in every CP case, including:

  • Medical costs
  • Special education costs
  • Physical and speech therapy
  • Home modifications
  • Medical equipment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Diminished enjoyment of life

Contact Our North and South Carolina Cerebral Palsy Lawyer for Help Today

At Bice Law, we know that a cerebral palsy diagnosis can be devastating. You and your child have a long road ahead, so let an experienced North and South Carolina birth injury attorney protect your rights to compensation. Contact the office online or call 704-243-8778 in North Carolina or 803-639-8777 in South Carolina to schedule your free consultation today.