New parents are careful to monitor their child's growth and development, placing a special emphasis on the early detection of serious medical conditions like cerebral palsy. When it comes to recognizing warning signs of serious childhood disabilities, knowledge is power.
The parents of a six-year-old Oregon boy with cerebral palsy recently filed a lawsuit against Silverton Hospital, two clinics and three physicians for malpractice and medical negligence.
In Staten Island, New York, the family of a teen born with cerebral palsy resulting from a premature birth was awarded $100 million in a lawsuit filed against St. Vincent's Medical Center, the hospital where the teenager and her twin sister were born.
In February 2014, a San Francisco medical malpractice lawsuit filed against Kaiser ended in a $4.1 million settlement in the woman's favor. The lawsuit alleged that several significant delays in the birth of her great grandson - of whom she is the legal guardian - caused the boy's epilepsy and spastic cerebral palsy.
In Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, a jury recently awarded $4 million to Erin McCarthy and her daughter Chloe, to compensate for medical negligence on the part of McCarthy's obstetrician that caused Chloe to suffer cerebral palsy and other neurological injuries.
On June 10, 2014, an Ohio jury awarded $14.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit to a Stephanie Stewart and her 11-year-old son, Alijah Jones, who suffered a brain hemorrhage after a delayed delivery. Alijah now suffers from cerebral palsy, visual impairments and cognitive delays, among other health issues.
Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a group of similar chronic disorders that damage the brain, affecting control of movement. Recognized as one of the most common causes of childhood disability, cerebral palsy affects more than 10,000 newly diagnosed infants every year.
Cerebral palsy is the loss or impairment of motor functions that can be caused by injury to the brain - sometimes due to surgeon malpractice. Medical malpractice law can be used to seek the compensation needed to pay for the long-term care and assistance of cerebral palsy sufferers. However, the condition does not always reflect medical negligence, so families need to retain experienced legal advice before undergoing a complex process to file a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit.
Some of the saddest cases we handle involve injuries suffered by innocent newborn babies. Some experience injury immediately or shortly after birth, while others are injured while still in the womb. Many of these conditions are permanent and debilitating, requiring long-term, expensive care. What's worse is that many of these birth injuries could have been avoided, had the medical personnel in charge of the mother's care or delivery of her baby done their jobs properly.