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Has Your Child Has Been Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy?

By Heidi Culbertson
June 11, 2021
5 min read

Following the heartbreaking news that your newborn has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP), you and your family will have many questions about your child’s future.

To address your concerns, the highly skilled and experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Burg Simpson offer a free case evaluation. During the consultation, we strive to help you and your family determine whether their child’s birth injury was the result of medical negligence.

Burg Simpson’s medical malpractice team has focused their practice on birth injury cases for more than four decades. Our lawyers have investigated and reviewed complex medical malpractice claims for clients whose children have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy throughout the country. If your child was harmed by the negligence of a medical professional, the attorneys at Burg Simpson are here to help you obtain the compensation your child deserves.

What is CP?

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that has a variety of symptoms that occur in varying degrees. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders:

“The term cerebral palsy (CP) refers to a group of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination. CP is caused by damage to or abnormalities inside the developing brain that disrupt the brain’s ability to control movement and maintain posture and balance. 

The symptoms of CP differ in type and severity from one person to the next, and symptoms may vary greatly among individuals, depending on which parts of the brain have been injured.”

Situations that can put a baby at risk for cerebral palsy include fetal distress, umbilical cord problems, and abnormal fetal position. But many cases of CP can be avoided when medical professionals manage these situations correctly and follow standards of care.

For example, if the baby’s heart rate drops significantly during a period of distress in the birth process, the deprivation of oxygen can lead to the type of brain damage that can cause cerebral palsy. In these situations, an emergency c-section may be required to ensure an adequate supply of oxygen. If a medical professional fails to act in these circumstances, and injury occurs, they may be held accountable for the injury.

While not all causes of cerebral palsy are known, cases result from damage to areas of the brain that control movements. The result often manifests in developmental delays and slow reflexes. Children with CP may experience limited mobility, vision and hearing problems, difficulty with speech, and cognitive difficulties. As they mature, individuals with CP may be unable to care for themselves, and those with moderate or severe cerebral palsy cases can face a lifetime of medical expenses.

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What are the First Signs of CP?

Signs of CP usually emerge shortly after birth. Symptoms include delays in reaching developmental milestones, such as sitting, crawling, and walking. If you are concerned that your child is showing signs of CP, contact your pediatrician immediately so he or she can conduct the specialized testing necessary to determine whether your child has this condition.

Was Medical Negligence the Cause?

Medical negligence refers to a medical professional’s failure to meet the standard of care that is determined by the medical community. If a child develops cerebral palsy due to a healthcare professional’s negligence, there may be grounds for a medical malpractice claim.

If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you think the condition was caused by the actions or inactions of your medical team, contact Burg Simpson’s Colorado medical injury attorneys now. Our highly skilled legal and experienced medical malpractice attorneys will discuss your cerebral palsy claim with you during a free consultation.

What is Burg Simpson’s Experience with CP Cases?

The medical malpractice lawyers at Burg Simpson have investigated and reviewed claims throughout the country for clients whose children have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Over the past four decades, our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in settlement benefits for our clients to provide them with compensation for a birth injury caused by medical negligence.

How Can Burg Simpson’s Cerebral Palsy Lawyers Help?

It is essential for parents of children who have been injured at birth to seek the counsel of an experienced birth injury lawyer. Burg Simpson’s birth injury attorneys have more than forty years of experience proving causation in cerebral palsy cases. Our lawyers work with medical experts who help us connect a medical professional’s negligent actions or inactions to a cerebral palsy diagnosis.

Who Leads Burg Simpson’s Medical Malpractice Department?

Burg Simpson’s Medical Malpractice department is skillfully led by shareholder and trial lawyer Scott J. Eldredge. Mr. Eldredge focuses his practice on complex medical malpractice cases with emphasis on birth injury cases. He is the current president of the National Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Eldredge works closely with shareholder Angela E. McGraw and trial lawyer Marc C. Johnson on complex birth injury claims. The Burg Simpson Medical Malpractice team has the experience and resources to handle your case.

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Can I Schedule a Free Consultation Now?

If your child suffered from cerebral palsy, Burg Simpson’s medical malpractice attorneys are here to help. Contact a Colorado medical malpractice attorney at Burg Simpson now by calling 303-790-2525 or fill our FREE Case Evaluation Form.

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