How can you tell if cerebral palsy is due to someone's negligence?

Cerebral Palsy: How to Tell if Someone Is at Fault

Cerebral palsy is a motor disability caused by damage to the brain due to either abnormal brain development or an injury or illness.

If someone has cerebral palsy, it impacts two main areas of their life – their ability to move and hold their body. These issues occur because cerebral palsy impacts how someone controls their muscles.

A person with cerebral palsy may also have other issues, including vision, hearing, speech, seizures, and intellectual disabilities.

If you feel that your or a loved one’s cerebral palsy was caused by a medical mistake, then you need to know about cerebral palsy and compensation.

We’ll tell you about:

  • The kind of issues during pregnancy and labour that can cause cerebral palsy.
  • The type of medical mistakes that can cause cerebral palsy.
  • The long-term effects of cerebral palsy.

At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, we’re medical malpractice lawyers who are here to make sure you get the information you need to know about cerebral palsy and compensation.

What kind of issues during pregnancy and labour can cause cerebral palsy?

Various issues during pregnancy and childbirth can cause a child to have cerebral palsy. These are some of the most common ones:

  • An infection during pregnancy, which damages the fetus’ nervous system.
  • An Rh incompatibility between the mother and the fetus. The mother’s body can produce antibodies that destroy the fetus’ blood cells if this happens. One result of this can be jaundice, which, if left untreated, can damage brain cells.
  • An injury or trauma during labour and delivery. A breech delivery can cause oxygen deprivation to a baby’s brain, which can, in turn, cause brain damage. Another problem during delivery is the improper use of forceps, injuring a baby’s head.
  • Other issues during delivery that cause a baby to be deprived of oxygen, causing brain damage. 
  • The baby has a stroke either during pregnancy or around birth. Strokes occur when there is bleeding in the brain.  

While some of these issues can’t be prevented, some of them can – which is why it’s so important to be aware of your options when it comes to cerebral palsy and compensation.

What kind of medical mistakes can cause cerebral palsy?

There are a variety of medical mistakes that can cause cerebral palsy. These mistakes occur when medical team members provide negligent prenatal medical care or negligent labour and delivery care. 

These are some of the most common medical mistakes that can lead to cerebral palsy:

  • Not providing appropriate medical care, including failure to appropriately diagnose and treat an infection (such as rubella or toxoplasmosis) in the mother.
  • Failure to properly treat either preterm labour or a post-term pregnancy
  • Not responding appropriately to bleeding.
  • Not responding appropriately to evidence of fetal distress, including failing to perform a timely vaginal delivery or caesarean section (c-section) to remove a baby in distress.
  • Not properly resuscitating a newborn.
  • Too much of a drug (such as Pitocin) is administered during labour, resulting in excessive contractions that deprive a baby of oxygen.
  • An anesthesiologist improperly administers drugs to a mother or baby.

If you or your baby were the victims of any of these medical mistakes, you need to talk to us about cerebral palsy and compensation.

What are some of the long-term effects of cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a lifelong medical condition which is why it’s so important to make sure you get the compensation you deserve if you or a loved one has cerebral palsy caused by a medical mistake. 

The long-term effects of cerebral palsy vary depending on its severity. These are some of the potential long-term effects of cerebral palsy:

  • Development and learning disabilities, including Global Developmental Delay.
  • Behavioural and emotional disabilities, including symptoms that can mimic ADHD.
  • Issues with adaptive functioning skills or ability to perform activities of daily living.
  • Issues with hearing loss, speech, or visual impairment.
  • Seizures or epilepsy
  • Microcephaly
  • Issues with swallowing, breathing, and head and neck control.
  • Inability to walk or difficulties with movement.
  • Sleep disorder.
  • Issues with bowel and bladder control.

Depending on the severity of the issues, your child may need lifelong care, which can be very expensive. That’s why we’re here to help you learn about cerebral palsy and compensation.

How can Sommers Roth & Elmaleh help me with cerebral palsy and compensation?

If you think that your child has a brain injury that led to cerebral palsy – either due to improper medical care during your pregnancy or during labour and delivery – then you need to talk to a medical malpractice lawyer.

We have extensive experience handling birth injury cases and can provide you with all the details you need to know about cerebral palsy and compensation. When you contact us to learn about your options, we can help you:

  • Obtain access to critical medical records.
  • Secure opinions from medical experts to help support your case.
  • Gather evidence to prove who is at fault.

When you work with a medical malpractice lawyer, you have a much better chance of getting compensation for cerebral palsy caused by a medical mistake. Our goal at Sommers Roth & Elmaleh is to build a solid case to ensure you get the complete compensation you deserve for the impact cerebral palsy has caused on you or a loved one’s life.

The Takeaway on Cerebral Palsy and Compensation

While cerebral palsy can occur due to abnormal brain development, it is often caused by medical mistakes or negligence. We’ve covered:

  • Issues during pregnancy and labour that can cause cerebral palsy.
  • Medical errors that can cause cerebral palsy.
  • The long-term effects of cerebral palsy.

At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, we can help you build a robust case to ensure you get the compensation you deserve if you or a loved one’s cerebral palsy was caused by a medical mistake. 

Contact Us To Learn More About Cerebral Palsy and Compensation

To learn more about cerebral palsy and compensation, call Sommers Roth & Elmaleh at 416-961-1212 or contact us here.

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