Kentucky Cerebral Palsy Attorneys
When medical negligence results in your baby’s cerebral palsy in Lexington and Louisville
Cerebral palsy is one of the most devastating diagnoses new parents can receive. The impact cerebral palsy can have on your baby and your family is permanent and life-altering. When a medical professional’s actions result in a cerebral palsy diagnosis, there are steps you can take to hold any negligent parties accountable for the harm done to your child at birth by pursuing a birth injury lawsuit against them.
At Wilt & Associates, PLLC, we take birth injuries like cerebral palsy very seriously. Pregnancy, labor, and delivery complications should never stem from medical negligence, and if your baby’s condition was caused because of an error, a qualified Kentucky cerebral palsy lawyer can help you secure the compensation your family will need to cope with such a difficult diagnosis. Contact our attorneys in Lexington or Louisville today.
What is cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a congenital disorder that impacts muscle tone, posture, and movement. Per the CDC, “CP is the most common motor disability in childhood. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. CP is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles.”
Cerebral palsy is caused by abnormal brain development or an injury to the brain during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. This condition often requires lifelong care, and there is not currently a cure for cerebral palsy. In many cases, a newborn may suffer from oxygen deprivation at some point in utero or during delivery. It is here that medical professionals can be negligent in their care of the mother or the baby, causing or failing to prevent or treat the oxygen deprivation from damaging the baby’s brain.
Your Kentucky birth injury lawyer at Wilt & Associates can take a closer look at the circumstances of your case to determine whether pursuing a claim is in your best interests and the best interests of your child.
What causes cerebral palsy?
There are a variety of things that can cause CP, including when physicians and obstetricians:
- Fail to identify and treat infections. Failing to test for, identify and treat infections in the mother and child can result in the development of CP.
- Delay procedures. Doctors who cause minor delays, especially in cases of cesarean sections, can cut off oxygen to a baby’s brain.
- Improperly use instruments. Trauma to the head and brain can occur when doctors and their staff use instruments such as vacuums and forceps improperly.
CP affects brain and bodily functions, and the symptoms of cerebral palsy may not appear for weeks or months after a child’s birth. Diagnoses usually occur when a child begins to experience development delays, problems with coordination and sensory functions.
What are the signs and symptoms of CP?
The CDC notes that infants should reach certain milestones in movement between birth and five years old. Failure to meet these milestones, as well as showing other symptoms, can be a signal of cerebral palsy. Early signs of CP include:
For babies 3 to 6 months old:
- Head falls back when picked up while lying on back
- Feels stiff
- Feels floppy
- Seems to overextend back and neck when cradled in someone’s arms
- Legs get stiff and cross or scissor when picked up
For babies over 6 months old:
- Doesn’t roll over in either direction
- Cannot bring hands together
- Has difficulty bringing hands to mouth
- Reaches out with only one hand while keeping the other fisted
For babies over 10 months old:
- Crawls in a lopsided manner, pushing off with one hand and leg while dragging the opposite hand and leg
- Scoots around on buttocks or hops on knees, but does not crawl on all fours
These symptoms can also be a sign of other medical conditions, so ensure you have your child examined by a medical professional as soon as possible to rule out other issues.
What are the different types of cerebral palsy?
There are several types of CP, classified by the body part affected, the type of movement affected, and the severity of symptoms. Some forms of CP involve intellectual disabilities as well, and some do not. The National Institutes of Health breaks down the different types of cerebral palsy as follows:
- Spastic cerebral palsy, the most common form of CP. Those with spastic CP have stiff muscles, causing jerky or repetitive movements. There are also several sub-types of spastic CP, which are categorized according to the affected body part. These include spastic hemiplegia (arms and hands), spastic diplegia (legs), and spastic quadriplegia (arms, legs and neck).
- Dyskinetic cerebral palsy, which involves slow and/or uncontrollable jerky movements of the hands, feet, arms, or legs. A person’s face muscles and tongue may be overactive, causing drooling. This type of CP can cause people to have trouble sitting straight or walking. It’s important to note that those with dyskinetic cerebral palsy typically do not have intellectual or cognitive issues.
- Ataxic cerebral palsy, a type of CP that affects balance and depth perception. Those with ataxic CP may walk in an unsteady manner. They may also struggle with detailed or quick movements, like buttoning a shirt or writing by hand.
- Mixed, which is simply a mix of the different types of cerebral palsy.
When should I file my Kentucky cerebral palsy claim?
Cerebral palsy is not a condition that is typically diagnosed soon after birth. In fact, in some cases, it can be years before the brain damage is discovered and a cerebral palsy diagnosis confirmed. This can make it difficult for families to know whether they have the right to seek compensation through a medical malpractice claim.
In cases like these, your best option is to speak with a Kentucky cerebral palsy attorney at Wilt & Associates. We can carefully review the details of your case and the medical records associated with your child’s birth. If there was a breach in the standard of care, you may have a valid case.
For example, perhaps the Kentucky obstetrician delivering your baby failed to take notice of the brain injury, misdiagnosed your baby, or failed to take precautions that could have prevented your baby from suffering brain damage. In this case, the obstetrician may be liable for your baby’s cerebral palsy diagnosis. Our attorneys can investigate every aspect of your case to determine the cause of your child’s CP and your potential claim in a personal and free consultation.
Do you have a cerebral palsy attorney near me?
Wilt & Associates has offices in Louisville and Lexington:
If you are too injured or ill to travel to us, we can arrange a phone or video conference. We also make hospital visits when necessary.
Cerebral palsy lawyers helping families Louisville and Lexington
When your baby has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to medical mistakes and you aren’t sure where to turn, get help from an experienced Kentucky cerebral palsy lawyer at Wilt & Associates to discuss your legal options for financial recovery. We want to help your family and make things right. You can contact our office by phone at 502-253-9110 or fill out our contact form today. We maintain offices in Lexington and Louisville, and proudly serve clients throughout Kentucky.