When Cerebral Palsy is the Result of Medical Malpractice
Scott Eldredge, Burg Simpson

by Law Week Contributor

Cerebral palsy is a devastating diagnosis that carries life-long ramifications for children with the condition and their families. While the causes of cerebral palsy are sometimes unknown, medical errors are often to blame.

When trying a medical malpractice case dealing with cerebral palsy, there is much to consider. Children affected by this disorder require a lifetime of care and attention, and the financial consequences associated with ongoing assistance can be significant.

In addition to non-economic damages, there are also life-care costs, medical expenses and lost wages, which often reach into the millions of dollars.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy encompasses a broad range of developmental disorders caused by an injury to the immature and developing brain. Some cases are caused prior to birth, and the signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy vary considerably from child to child. Cerebral palsy is a permanent condition that affects motor skills, and many children with cerebral palsy are unable to walk. Others find it difficult or impossible to speak, feed themselves or manage any of the ordinary functions associated with daily living. Some children have completely normal intellectual abilities, while others experience severe cognitive impairment. Vision and hearing losses are not unusual, but unlike progressive nervous system disorders, cerebral palsy symptoms generally do not worsen over time. Muscle rigidity and consequential shortening of muscles, however, can worsen over time if not appropriately treated.

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