Counsel for Families and Victims Living with Cerebral Palsy
An accomplished Kentucky medical malpractice law firm
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a condition that causes severe debilitating effects on the normal functions of a baby, such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, thinking and being able to perform activities of daily living. CP can be congenital or result from the negligence of care providers involved in the baby’s delivery. At Crandall & Pera Law, our team of attorneys and registered nurses can investigate claims of negligence that resulted in cerebral palsy to help our clients determine which steps to take next. We have helped people throughout Ohio and Kentucky when their children have suffered with birth injuries because of medical negligence.
The facts about cerebral palsy
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cerebral palsy affects about 1 in 323 children in the United States. CP is the result of brain damage and can range in severity: Some victims may have a little difficulty walking, while others may require the use of mechanized wheelchairs and electronic communication systems. CP is classified into four different groups: Spastic, Dyskinetic, Ataxic and Mixed, the final classification being a mixture of the aforementioned three groups.
CP never “gets worse,” but the symptoms may change as years go by. People with CP may also experience problems with their:
In some cases, people with cerebral palsy may also develop seizure disorders, or suffer with intellectual delays. In all cases the condition is incurable, so children who develop CP will have it for their entire lives.
Negligence can lead to CP
Though cerebral palsy is sometimes congenital, it can be the result of medical negligence. Oxygen deprivation can cause CP, as can infections or excessive force during labor, as with forceps. The drug Pitocin, used to induce labor, is also linked to CP. Negligent postpartum care, such as failing to diagnose and treat jaundice, may also lead a child to develop cerebral palsy.
Crandall & Pera Law has seen firsthand the devastating effects a birth injury can have on a family. If you suspect that your child’s CP was the result of medical negligence, contact us to discuss what happened. We will sit down with you to discuss your case; if the evidence points to medical malpractice, we work hand in hand with you as well as outside medical experts to build a strategy tailored to your family’s needs.
Take back control after your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy
Crandall & Pera Law takes a special interest in birth injury cases. We strive to provide comprehensive care for families living with CP throughout Ohio and Kentucky. To schedule a no-obligation consultation, please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form. We have four Ohio law offices conveniently located in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Chagrin Falls as well as locations in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky.