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Cerebral palsy is a birth injury caused by damage to the developing brain, and is often linked to medical malpractice.
What causes cerebral palsy? Most people have a general understanding what cerebral palsy is, but they do not always understand its true cause. Often times parents are told their child has developed cerebral palsy and they accept it as simply an unfortunate occurrence with no known cause. While this may be true in a few cases, the cause of cerebral palsy is most-often a brain injury that occurs during pregnancy, delivery, or shortly after birth.
Many children who are diagnosed cerebral palsy suffered brain damage due to the negligence of a medical professional during labor or delivery. We hold negligent medical professionals financially responsible for your child’s injuries and may be able to help you get the compensation your child deserves.
Our Dallas cerebral palsy lawyers have over 65 years of combined experience with birth injury cases, and have recovered some of the largest compensation awards in the State of Texas.
Causes of cerebral palsy.
In most cases, children who have cerebral palsy were born with it, quite often as the result of a lack of oxygen to the brain or body, premature birth, or trauma during the delivery process. It’s important to understand that just because a child is born with cerebral palsy doesn’t necessarily mean that medical malpractice occurred; even under the best of circumstances, with the highest quality of prenatal care, and proper delivery procedures, things can go wrong. However, when medical malpractice is believed to be the cause of a child’s diagnosis of cerebral palsy, the most common causes include:
- Failure to detect and/or properly treat infections such as meningitis during pregnancy.
- Failure to properly monitor the fetal heart rate during labor and delivery.
- Failure to detect the existence of a prolapsed umbilical cord during pregnancy.
- Failure to plan and schedule a cesarean section procedure when the size of a baby prevents it from safely passing through the birth canal.
- Making negligent and unreasonable errors when using instruments such as vacuum and/or forceps while delivering a baby (using them when not necessary or not using them when necessary).
Regardless of the reason for the development of the condition, you should also be aware of the three main types of cerebral palsy:
- Spastic cerebral palsy – This is the most common type of cerebral palsy and accounts for approximately 80 percent of the CP diagnoses. Patients with this type of cerebral palsy have great difficulty moving, and suffer from stiffness because of tightness that exists in one or more muscle groups. They may also find it difficult to hold onto and release objects.
- Athetoid cerebral palsy – This type of cerebral palsy accounts for about 10 percent of all cases of CP. Patients usually experience involuntary movement, slurred speech, problems swallowing, low muscle tone, and are incapable of maintaining posture
- Ataxic cerebral palsy – Aataxic cerebral palsy account for the remaining 10 percent of cases. These patients usually suffer from problems with depth perception, tremors, difficulty coordinating movements of the muscles, and a distorted sense of balance.
Getting help for cerebral palsy caused by medical malpractice.
Cases of cerebral palsy that result from birth injuries and delivery errors can be quite complex from both the legal and medical perspectives. This is usually because there are highly-technical issues of treatment and questions about liability.
Attorney Jeff Rasansky and his team of experienced birth injury lawyers have the knowledge and expertise and may be able to help you receive compensation for your child’s injury, ensuring you are able to provide the best, lifelong care your child deserves.
Notable verdicts and settlements.
Some of Mr. Rasansky’s most-notable cerebral palsy recoveries include:
- Hamilton v. Baylor Hospital et al., which at the time (2001) was the largest reported settlement in a Texas medical malpractice case.
- Jeff negotiated a settlement of more than $10 million in a case where an infant suffered catastrophic impairment while receiving medical treatment.
- Jeff represented two other children where he obtained a recovery of $4.5 million dollars for one, and another $2 million dollars for the other.
- Jeff also won a malpractice lawsuit on behalf of the family of a newborn infant who suffered a severe brain injury after labor and delivery.
Still unsure if Rasansky Law Firm is right for you? Take some time to read the free books and reports which Jeff Rasansky has written on the subject of cerebral palsy:
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