Medical Malpractice: Can I Claim Compensation for Cerebral Palsy?

Medical Malpractice: Can I Claim Compensation for Cerebral Palsy?

Every year, around 10,000 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. It refers to several neurological disorders which are a result of a brain injury. These disorders could cause:

  • Severe problems with muscle coordination
  • Movement problems
  • Posture problems

Most symptoms can occur after a brain injury caused by an accident, or shortly after (or prior to) birth. There are many cases were very young children experience traumatic injuries and develop CP (cerebral palsy). If you believe that your child or anyone else in your family has developed CP due to a lack of professional medical care following an accident, you may have a case. Feel free to consult with our medical malpractice attorneys in Philadelphia today, schedule your free initial consultation and learn everything about CP and how you can file a claim.

CP Cases Related to Birth

There are many cases where a child is born with CP symptoms. In most of these cases, the parents were aware of the potential birth defects and problems. However, there are situations where the medical facilities failed to provide parents with enough information about their future child. If the medical provider failed to provide this information or did not warn the parents about their future child potentially having CP (thus not allowing the parents to decide whether or not they want to continue with the pregnancy), the medical provider could be sued and held responsible for medical malpractice.

A simple administrative error could prevent a medical provider from being aware of any pre-existing medical conditions. At the same time, the medical team could fail to detect fetal distress during delivery of the baby. If and when this happens, the baby could suffer serious brain damage, which could result in CP and other conditions.

Lack of (Adequate) Information

In the early stages of pregnancy, most women undergo a series of prenatal tests to determine the baby’s health. After several tests, a medical worker could fail to provide the parent with the correct data or misinterpret the data, providing the parent with false information about the baby.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), all parents who were not fully informed of the possibility of giving birth to a child with congenital or genetic defects are victims of medical malpractice and have the right to sue the medical company or healthcare provider.

When this happens, the next step is pursuing a medical malpractice claim. To do so, you are going to need help from one of our highly experienced and knowledgeable Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers. Call our office immediately, and ask for an initial (completely free of charge) consultation with one of our available attorneys. Do not waste any of your time, as you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim and seek compensation for your child’s injuries, trauma, and conditions caused by medical malpractice.

Others cases of medical malpractice that could result in CP include:

  • Errors on the operating table
  • Complications and problems during delivery
  • Damage in the delivery room
  • Malpractice in the emergency room
  • System or administrative errors
  • Diagnostic mistakes
  • Medication errors
  • Improper handling of maternal infections
  • Lack of adequate information