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Cerebral palsy is a non-degenerative disorder that affects motor functioning. It is most commonly caused by congenital brain injury, or brain injury that occurred before or during childbirth. If your child has begun to show symptoms of cerebral palsy, or if he or she has already been diagnosed with the condition, it is possible that he or she was the victim of a birth injury.
If you went through a difficult labor or delivery process and your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, we encourage you to reach out to our Charlotte cerebral palsy lawyers for a free and confidential consultation. When a delivery room doctor or nurse’s negligence leads to a child suffering serious, life-altering injuries, the child’s parent(s) can take legal action to seek compensation for the physical harm, emotional suffering, and financial challenges they have suffered as a result.
Attorney Charles G. Monnett III is a veteran brain injury litigator with a proven track record of success. He was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to the Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board and has served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Brain Injury Association for over 10 years. At Charles G. Monnett III & Associates, we understand traumatic brain injuries, including those that lead to cerebral palsy. We have recovered millions on behalf of our clients, and we are prepared to fight tirelessly for you and your family.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
As previously mentioned, cerebral palsy is believed to be caused by a brain injury that occurs either before or during birth. However, it is not always clear exactly how the infant develops the brain injury. Proving that a medical provider was at fault can be difficult; it’s important that you work with an experienced birth injury lawyer if you believe your child was harmed as a result of a doctor or nurse’s negligent, careless, or reckless actions.
Cerebral palsy may be commonly caused by:
- Maternal infection
- Oxygen deprivation during delivery
- Prolonged labor
- Failure to order a timely cesarean section (C-section)
- Failure to notice/respond to signs of fetal distress
- Brain trauma caused by improper use of forceps/vacuum extractor
- Severe jaundice/kernicterus
In some cases, cerebral palsy may develop due to abnormal brain development, genetic factors, or other complications.
Signs of Cerebral Palsy
Because cerebral palsy affects an individual’s motor functioning, it is not always easy to detect in newborns. You may not realize that your child has cerebral palsy until he or she begins to miss development milestones. It’s important that you are aware of the early signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy so that you can get your child the care he or she needs.
Some of the most common signs of cerebral palsy include:
- Variation in muscle tone (stiffness or “floppiness”)
- Spasticity/exaggerated reflexes
- Involuntary movements
- Poor coordination
- Drooling/difficulties swallowing
- Delays in developmental milestones, such as rolling over, sitting up, walking, and speaking
- Noticeable favoring of one side of the body
Please note that this is not a complete list of cerebral palsy symptoms; if you notice anything unusual with your child, be sure to have him or her looked over by a qualified medical professional. Only a trained physician can diagnose cerebral palsy.
What to Do If You Believe Your Child Is the Victim of Medical Malpractice
If you believe your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by a delivery room error or another act of negligence on the part of a medical professional, reach out to Charles G. Monnett III & Associates to learn more about your rights and legal options. Our Charlotte cerebral palsy lawyers understand just how difficult this time is for you and your family; we are here to provide the compassionate legal support and guidance you need and deserve.
We have extensive experience in complex medical malpractice and birth injury cases and are widely recognized as leaders in the field of brain injuries. Our legal team has the knowledge, skill, and resources to effectively advocate for you and your child.
Charles was always available and informative on this process.- Susan Z.
Without their help, I would probably have lost everything that I owned.- Rick M.
Lauren Newton exceeded all of my expectations and she genuinely cares about her clients.- Jade B.
The experience I had was exactly what I wanted.- Jacob G.
I was very satisfied.- Raven B.
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