Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury

Philadelphia Birth Injury Lawyers Providing Legal Representation For Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury In Pennsylvania And Delaware

An infant who is born with cerebral palsy suffers from an often-preventable birth injury. The experienced lawyers at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP in Philadelphia provide compassionate legal representation to children and their parents in Pennsylvania and Delaware who deserve compensation and justice for birth injuries such as cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy can be a devastating diagnosis for any family.  As a permanent physical disorder, cerebral palsy can affect body movements, coordination, balance and posture.  Signs of a cerebral palsy birth injury can include:

  • Abnormal movements (slow and writhing or spasmodic and abrupt)
  • Abnormal muscle tone (very stiff or floppy)
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Seizures
  • Speech Problems
  • Hearing Loss
  • Dental Problems including cavities
  • Vision Problems including strabismus

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

In some cases, the brain damage that results in cerebral palsy is the direct result of negligent care of healthcare professionals.  When an infant suffers from a brain injury that occurs prior to, during or immediately after birth and develops into cerebral palsy, many times the injury was preventable. Preventable cerebral palsy may be caused by:

  • Delaying of delivery by the physician or other medical provider
  • Failure to provide proper monitoring of fetal distress
  • Failure to provide adequate amounts of blood, oxygen or other necessary nutrients to the infant
  • Severe infections after birth including meningitis
  • Bleeding in the infant brain

Risk Factors for Cerebral Palsy

Physicians and medical providers should be aware of the risk factors that are associated with cerebral palsy. If your physician or medical provider ignored one or more of the following risk factors associated with cerebral palsy, their negligence may have contributed to the development of cerebral palsy in your infant:

  • Premature birth
  • Jaundice after birth
  • Multiple births such as twins and triplets
  • Rh factor incompatibility
  • Low birth weight
  • Breech presentation
  • Lack of oxygen to a baby’s brain before, during or after birth
  • Complicated labor and delivery
  • Maternal conditions including infections and thyroid disorders
  • Post birth infections such as meningitis and encephalitis

Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP Experienced Birth Injury Lawyers in Pennsylvania and Delaware

If your child or loved one has suffered a cerebral palsy birth injury as a result of physician negligence or medical malpractice by a medical provider, you may be entitled to compensation to assist you in the payment of these significant costs.  You may also be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering that can accompany the birth injury of cerebral palsy.  Our Philadelphia birth injury lawyers are dedicated to holding medical professionals accountable for injuries that could have been prevented. Call the Philadelphia personal injury law firm of Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP today at (215) 731-9900 or fill out our online contact form to set up your free consultation.  We handle all types of birth injury lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Delaware.