Cerebral Palsy

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;
  • hearing;
  • vision;
  • 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

See Types of Cerebral Palsy

Parents may begin to notice CP 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’s important to speak to a cerebral palsy lawyer when you first suspect that negligence may have caused your child’s injury. Birth injury attorney Chris Mellino welcomes you to contact our Cleveland office with any questions you may have.

See How Do I Know if Medical Malpractice Caused My Baby’s Cerebral Palsy?

Mellino Law Firm’s Role as Your Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

When the attorneys at Mellino Law Firm handle birth injury cases such as a cerebral palsy lawsuit, we have many goals. First, we want to make sure 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.

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At the same time, we seek accountability from negligent healthcare providers. When handling medical malpractice claims, we strive to create institutional changes to ensure that other Cleveland, Ohio, families don’t have to deal with the devastating consequences associated with cerebral palsy.

That being said, a medical mistake can cause severe brain damage and cerebral palsy, but medical malpractice is not always to blame.

The Resources to Effectively Evaluate Your Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit

In December 2014 The Mellino Law Firm won a $28, 745,991 for a family in Warren Ohio who son was deprived of oxygen during labor, was born with low apgar scores, required resuscitiaton and as a result has cerebral palsy. The nurse in that case failed to recognize late decelerations on the fetal heart monitor and failed to get help when the doctor was not coming to the room for delivery. The baby was eventually delivered using vacuum extraction.

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 a birth injury due to 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.

Why Should I Hire Chris Mellino to Handle My Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit?

First, Mellino Law Firm does not advertise. Attorneys and satisfied clients send us the majority of our caseload.

Second, Chris Mellino is respected throughout northeast Ohio for his ability to dig below the surface and make sure nothing is overlooked. In fact, Chris has worked on several landmark cases, including Moskovitz v. Mt. Sinai Medical Center (1994) and Watkins_v._Cleveland_Clinic_Foundation (1998).

Third, unlike firms that:

  • take every case that walks in the door,
  • settle those cases for the first amount offered in order to fund their next commercial to bring in even more clients, and
  • leave their clients in the hands of first-year associates, paralegals, and case managers,

we are selective in the cases we take. Medical malpractice and birth injury claims are time consuming and labor intensive. By only accepting a few cases at a time, we’re able to give each claim the unique attention it deserves. And, when you call us, you will speak to us, not a “case manager.”

Last but not least, we are the only medical malpractice law firm in Cleveland to be accepted into Primerus, which screens potential members by speaking to judges, other lawyers, bar associations, clients, and insurance carriers about a firm’s integrity, work product, fee structure, education, civility, and community service.

We welcome you to contact us with any questions you may have about birth injuries like cerebral palsy. You may also download or request Chris Mellino’s free guide to filing a medical malpractice claim in Ohio.