Our Lawyers Can Help Children with Cerebral Palsy in Connecticut
Medical malpractice representation for children who suffered birth injuries and their families
Cerebral palsy is a group of medical disorders that affect mobility, balance and posture. Usually diagnosed by a child’s third birthday, the condition typically leads to a lifetime of disabilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in 303 children in the United States has cerebral palsy.
For more than 65 years, our attorneys at The Pickel Law Firm, LLC have helped families like yours deal with the tragic medical diagnosis. Our birth injury attorneys thoroughly research your case to determine how your baby’s condition was caused and who is responsible. We then take clear, methodical steps to recover compensation so you can give your child the best opportunities to receive effective treatments and live the highest quality of life possible.
Types of cerebral palsy
The various types of cerebral palsy result in different symptoms and disabilities. Our team consults with experts to determine how these medical issues will affect your child’s life and what damages your child may be entitled to, for the following conditions:
- Spastic cerebral palsy — In this most common form of cerebral palsy, tight muscles and spasms may result in mobility limitations, seizures and speaking disabilities. The most severe level, spastic quadriplegia, affects all four limbs, the trunk and the face.
- Athetoid or dyskinetic cerebral palsy — The athetoid form of cerebral palsy affects the entire body and is characterized by muscle tone fluctuations resulting in uncontrolled movements. Children with this variety of the medical condition typically cannot walk or sit and may have difficulties sucking, swallowing or speaking.
- Ataxic cerebral palsy — Ataxic cerebral palsy affects balance and coordination, leading to an unsteady gait and poor coordination.
Causes of cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy arises from abnormalities in brain development. According to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER), risk factors that may trigger the medical condition include poor maternal health, infants’ illnesses, low birth weight or premature labor. With good obstetric treatments, common risks can often be minimized to prevent this devastating condition. Some of the common issues include:
- Maternal infections that injure a developing fetus
- Infant infections that result in harmful inflammation in the area around the child’s brain
- Fetal stroke that disrupts the flow of blood to the baby’s brain
- Asphyxia — or lack of oxygen delivered to the baby’s brain —caused by difficult labor or delivery
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulting from mistakes made during labor or delivery
For more information about cerebral palsy caused by labor or delivery mistakes, consult with our attorneys in our Stamford office
To recover for your baby’s birth injury, call The Pickel Law Firm, LLC at 888.246.5128 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation. From our downtown Stamford office, our attorneys represent clients in Stamford, Greenwich, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Fairfield County and throughout Connecticut. We maintain flexible hours to accommodate your schedule and handle your case on contingency to minimize your financial stress. Hablamos español.