A doctor or nurse’s failure to recognize fetal distress can result in a birth injury, such as cerebral palsy, which Mayo Clinic defines as “a disorder of movement, muscle tone, or posture that is caused by an insult to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth.” This disorder can cause lifelong problems with:
- motor function;
- nervous system function;
- speech; and
- intellectual development.
Cerebral palsy is often classified by:
- severity (mild, moderate, or severe);
- the body part that is affected and whether that body part is weakened or paralyzed;
- motor function (spastic v. non-spastic);
- muscle tone (rigid limbs v. loose limbs); or
- the Gross Motor Function Classification System. “Using GMFCS helps determine the surgeries, treatments, therapies, and assistive technology likely to result in the best outcome for a child,” according to cerebralpalsy.org.
Parents may begin to notice symptoms while their child is still a baby (see Identifying Cerebral Palsy in Infants); however, symptoms may not manifest for up to three years. Thus, it is important to speak to a lawyer when you first suspect that negligence may have caused your child’s injury. Attorneys Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt welcome you to contact our Cleveland office with any questions you may have.
Our Role as Your Lawyer
When our firm handles birth injury cases, we have many goals. First, we want to make sure that the family has the financial resources to maximize the child’s ability to function in the world. This includes access to specialists and any medical equipment that he or she may need.
At the same time, we seek accountability from negligent medical professionals. When handling medical malpractice claims, we strive to create institutional changes to make sure that other Cleveland, Ohio, families don’t have to deal with the devastating consequences associated with cerebral palsy.
Though a mistake can lead to severe brain damage and sometimes cause cerebral palsy, medical malpractice is not always to blame.
The Resources to Effectively Evaluate Your Case
In the last three decades, we have established a network of resources to help analyze cases and to ensure that our clients get full compensation for their injuries. By only accepting a few cases at a time, our cerebral palsy attorneys are able to fully investigate your claim. If your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional, we will work to pursue the maximum compensation for your child’s lifelong care and treatment.
How Do I File a Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit?
If your child developed cerebral palsy as result of negligence, contact our Cleveland attorneys for a free consultation, or request our free guide to filing malpractice claims in Ohio. We can help you through this difficult time and provide the legal advice you need as you seek the best future possible for your child.