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Sadly, the connection between cerebral palsy and medical negligence is well-known. Although the primary causes of cerebral palsy occur pre-birth, an estimated 20% of cases are related to injuries during delivery. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as many as 10,000 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy every year, and several thousands of those cases could have been prevented.

At Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C., our San Antonio medical malpractice attorneys understands that when a health care specialist fails to provide reasonable medical care or acts negligently, they must be held responsible for their actions. An injury such as this requires financial help for expensive medical bills, so it’s important that you are adequately compensated.

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Cerebral Palsy Types

Cerebral palsy is a condition that refers to a number of disorders that affect a person’s motor functions, often as a result of brain damage during birth or pregnancy. A few of the different types of cerebral palsy include:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy: A condition in which a person has impaired motor coordination, muscle weakness and increased muscle tone. This causes a rigid posture in the person’s body, affecting their arms or legs, and resulting in the inability to coordinate movements.
  • Choreoathetoid cerebral palsy: Associated with uncontrollable or abnormal movements caused by stress or emotional reactions. This often causes abnormal posture or facial expressions due to muscle contractions.
  • Hypotonic cerebral palsy: Involves reduced muscle tone and movement of extremities. In early infancy, it may be detected when an infant’s arms are pulled into a sitting position and they are unable to gain any control over their head, often referred to as head lag.

Cerebral Palsy Examples & Symptoms

Some of the most common forms of medical malpractice that result in infant brain damage and cerebral palsy include:

  • Excessive pressure on the baby’s head or neck during delivery
  • Misuse of vacuums or other mechanical devices during delivery
  • Errors in medication
  • Failure to monitor the mother or the infant before, during and after childbirth
  • Failure to take action in response to fetal distress signs
  • Inattentive health care professionals leaving a laboring mother unattended
  • Failing to perform a C-section in a timely manner
  • Failing to anticipate and be prepared to deal with conditions such as Rh incompatibility or jaundice

If there is a birth injury, such as the ones listed above, there are a number of signs that may be present that would suggest a child has cerebral palsy. Symptoms include skull fractures, low oxygen levels, low heart rate, weak or absent reflexes, excessive drooling, muscle stiffness/looseness, and seizures.

Cerebral Palsy Liability

A medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed against an individual health care provider or against the entire hospital. Hospitals are expected to have sensible policies and practices in place and provide a reasonably safe and sterile patient environment. Additionally, hospitals are responsible for hiring medical staff with proper education, training and licensing. If they do not meet these standards, the hospital can be held legally accountable. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you figure out who is the liable party in your case.

If your child developed cerebral palsy as the result of medical negligence, contact our San Antonio birth injury attorneys at Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C. today. We work with health care professionals, such as pediatric neurologists, obstetric nurses and other experts to analyze your case and determine if malpractice occurred.

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