Experienced Cerebral Palsy Injury Attorney
Attorney John Haymond and his associates have handled Cerebral Palsy cases where brain injuries occurred due to medical malpractice during the birthing process. Cerebral Palsy results from damages to the areas of the brain that control muscle tone, and includes several distinct disorders of movement and posture. Haymond Law has served Connecticut for 30+ years and has the experience needed to get the compensation you deserve.
Cerebral palsy is a broad term which encompasses many different disorders of movement and posture. To describe particular types of movement disorders covered by the term, pediatricians, neurologists, and therapists use several classification systems and many labels.
To understand different types of cerebral palsy more clearly, you must first understand what professionals mean by muscle tone. All children with cerebral palsy have damage to the area of the brain that controls muscle tone. As a result, they may have increased muscle tone, reduced muscle tone, or a combination of the two (fluctuating tone). Which parts of their bodies are affected by the abnormal muscle tone depends upon where the brain damage occurs.
Three main types of cerebral palsy related to birth injury:
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy (stiff and difficult movement)
- Athetoid Cerebral Palsy (involuntary and uncontrolled movement)
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy (disturbed sense of balance and depth perception)
There may be a combination of these types for any one person. Give us a call today for a free, no-obligation consultation at 1-800-HAYMOND to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney at The Haymond Law Firm.
Cerebral Palsy Caused by Medical Malpractice
A cerebral palsy diagnosis can make you feel like the whole world has just crashed onto your shoulders. There is no avoiding the difficulty that lies ahead, but you are not alone. Modern treatment means that this condition does not have to ruin the lives of you or your loved ones, and there are avenues of help that can ease the financial strain of these treatments. One such avenue is a medical malpractice suit. Did you know that roughly 20 percent of all cerebral palsy cases are caused by improper patient care? If someone you love is afflicted with this condition, then here are a few things that can help you decide if you need to contact a medical malpractice attorney.
Is Your Case Malpractice?
Your first step is to discern if there is any chance that your case is in fact the product of medical malpractice. Almost every qualifying situation involves head trauma or oxygen deprivation. These are the most common ways malpractice can cause cerebral palsy:
- Improper treatment or diagnosis of infections like meningitis.
- Negligent heart rate monitoring.
- Inappropriate or negligent use of delivery tools like forceps and vacuums.
- Mistreating umbilical cord issues, including prolapsed cords.
- Significant delays in delivery.
- Failing to recognize when a baby is too big for a safe birth canal delivery.
If you have any doubts, consider meeting with a medical malpractice lawyer to determine the strength of your case.
Why Take Legal Action?
There are two major positives that can come from a successful malpractice suit. The obvious answer is that you will directly benefit from a settlement or favorable ruling. This can help you manage the sometimes extraordinary costs tied into managing cerebral palsy. To help put it in perspective, here is a short list of some of the typical expenses associated with this disorder:
- Doctor visits and medication.
- Losing wages to provide full-time care for the child.
- Physical therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
- Specialized equipment like wheelchairs.
- Specialized educational programs.
Perhaps just as important as receiving critical financial assistance, malpractice suits can help reduce future mistakes. While medical professionals often have the best intentions, they need to be acutely aware of when their methods or decisions are harmful. Cerebral palsy does not have to ruin a life, but it certainly adds burden. If you have any reason to believe that your situation is tied to medical mistakes, talking to a medical malpractice attorney is the best decision you can make.