Cerebral Palsy Is the Most Common Birth Injury in America

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Cerebral palsy is the name given to movement disorders caused by damage to a fetus’s brain. There is no one form of cerebral palsy, and its symptoms may vary from person to person. At Paulson & Nace, PLLC, we are well aware of how severe the symptoms of cerebral palsy can become, and that it sometimes takes years before they manifest. We have helped families throughout Washington, D.C. obtain the compensation they need in order to provide support and care for their children afflicted by cerebral palsy. If your child developed CP as a result of medical negligence, we may be able to help you, too.

The symptoms of cerebral palsy

Children afflicted with CP exhibit problems with muscle coordination and mobility. According to the National Institutes of Health, the most common signs include:

  • Ataxia, a “lack of muscle coordination when performing voluntary movements”
  • Spasticity, indicated by exaggerated reflexes
  • Muscle tone that is “too stiff or too floppy”
  • Abnormal walking gaits

The Mayo Clinic also states that rigidity may be apparent in the trunk of the child’s body, and that “abnormal posture” could indicate cerebral palsy. Some children may also suffer with an imbalance in their eye muscles or have difficulties swallowing.

What causes CP?

Cerebral palsy is the result of brain damage. Undiagnosed brain infections or a case of meningitis could lead to CP, as can a congenital defect. In cases of medical negligence, however, cerebral palsy could be the result of:

  • Oxygen deprivation, either during labor or by the umbilical cord cutting off the oxygen supply
  • Brain swelling or bleeding caused by vacuum extractor or forceps errors
  • Untreated skull fractures that affect oxygen levels or cut off the circulation of oxygen-rich blood to the brain
  • Errors made during C-sections that damage the brain
  • Failing to monitor a fetus properly for indications of infection or injury
  • Failure to provide adequate postpartum care after the birth of the child

At Paulson & Nace, we handle complex medical malpractice cases like these with diligence. We pay meticulous attention to details, and use only authoritative testimony when appropriate for a case. Over the past 40 years, our team has secured millions of dollars for our clients, including one jury verdict for $2.75 million for a child with cerebral palsy. We are aggressive patient advocates who are not afraid to hold healthcare providers accountable for their mistakes in the courtroom; in fact, we thrive in such atmospheres. That is why so many of our clients and our peers throughout Washington, D.C., and West Virginia call us for complex birth injury cases.

Helping families whose children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy

CP can be a debilitating disease, requiring a lifetime of care. At Paulson & Nace, PLLC, we help families in Washington, D.C. obtain the resources and compensation they need in order to give their children the best opportunities in life. If your child developed cerebral palsy after an error was made during the birthing process, please call 202-930-0292 or fill out our contact form.

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