Raleigh Cerebral Palsy Attorneys
Cerebral Palsy & Medical Malpractice
Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a group of neurological disorders affecting movement, posture, and muscle tone. It can be caused by abnormal brain development before birth and may also be linked to brain damage associated with a difficult labor or delivery. If a doctor mismanages a complication during childbirth, delays a C-section, or fails to properly monitor a fetus in distress, and the child develops cerebral palsy, the condition may be linked to that doctor’s failure to deliver standard care.
Proving obstetrical malpractice is extremely difficult, but it is an area in which the attorneys at Edwards Kirby have succeeded time and time again. In fact, we hold the record for North Carolina’s largest birth injury settlement for a case involving cerebral palsy. With our track record of success, medical professionals and their insurance providers know we mean business. Our Raleigh cerebral palsy attorneys are often able to settle prior to trial, but will fight for fair compensation if that’s the best approach for the case.
Was your child diagnosed with cerebral palsy?
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What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy, also referred to as CP, refers to injury or abnormal development affecting the cerebrum, which is the part of the brain responsible for motor function. This can lead to palsy, which is characterized by the paralysis of voluntary movement in part of the body.
A child with cerebral palsy may exhibit such symptoms as:
- Difficulty with movement on one side of the body
- Involuntary movements
- Lack of coordination and balance
- Stiff muscles and exaggerated or jerky reflexes
- Shortening of the muscles
- Developmental delays
- Problems with speech
- Drooling, and difficulty swallowing or sucking
- Incontinence and other gastrointestinal issues
Cerebral palsy may vary in severity depending on the extent of brain damage. A child may require lifelong care, or may be able to lead a relatively normal life with little medical intervention. In any scenario, when cerebral palsy is caused by malpractice, the at-fault party should be held responsible for that child’s full and complete care. Our Raleigh cerebral palsy lawyers know how to ascertain the true cost of treatment to help children and their families lead the best quality of life possible.
To learn more, call (919) 335-7005. We handle birth injury cases in all of North Carolina.