When Cerebral Palsy Is Caused By Malpractice During Childbirth

In the United States, approximately 10,000 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy every year. 70% of these children develop the condition in utero, 20% of cases are due to oxygen deprivation during the birthing process, and 10% develop cerebral palsy in the first few years of life. In many cases, cerebral palsy is caused by an injury or event that could have been prevented with proper care and monitoring during pregnancy and childbirth. Our attorneys have evaluated many childbirth cases in which such an injury has occurred.

When an injury is caused by carelessness or error on the part of a doctor or other medical professional and results in a tragic lifelong condition such as cerebral palsy, the victim may be entitled to financial compensation.

There are three types of cerebral palsy:

Spastic Cerebral Palsy

The most common type of cerebral palsy, affecting more than 80% of cases. Often characterized by stiff, jerky movements, and difficulty in holding onto or letting go of objects.​

Athetoid or Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy

Accounting for more than 10% of cerebral palsy cases, athetoid cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the cerebellum, an area of the brain that plays a part in sensory perception and motor control.​

Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

A rare form of cerebral palsy characterized by poor coordination and balance, unsteady, shaky movements, and low muscle tone. 5-10% of children with cerebral palsy are afflicted with this form.​

Causes and risk factors for developing cerebral palsy:

Effects of cerebral palsy may include:

At Meyers Evans Lupetin & Unatin our birth injury lawyers offer a free case evaluation for anyone who needs to determine if they have a birth injury claim. If you have questions about cerebral palsy caused by medical negligence or malpractice, we urge you to call or visit our downtown Pittsburgh office. If you are physically unable to reach us, we will gladly arrange to come to you.  The law offices of Meyers Evans Lupetin & Unatin are located in downtown Pittsburgh and are licensed to help victims of medical malpractice throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

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