Fort Wayne Cerebral Palsy Attorneys

infant with erbs palsy

Cerebral Palsy is a lifelong disorder sustained due to complications during child delivery or later brain trauma. It occurs when damage has been inflicted in the area of the brain that controls motor functions, resulting in a muscle coordination disorder that affects every aspect of movement.

If your child has cerebral palsy, he will endure a lifelong burden, being unable to interact and function in society like his peers. Additionally, you will have to shoulder emotional and financial hardships in your struggle to provide your child with a well-balanced, healthy life. When cerebral palsy is inflicted during childbirth, the blame may rest solely with the physician, and you may be entitled to compensation for damages.

Cerebral Palsy and Physician Negligence

Coming to terms with the fact that your child will never lead a normal life due to the negligence of your physician during labor or pregnancy is a challenging process. Common situations where a physician’s negligence results in cerebral palsy include:

  • Administering a dangerous level of Pitocin, a labor inducing drug
  • Inadequate response to umbilical cord complications
  • Excessive use of forceps during labor
  • Failure to treat a mother’s urinary tract infection
  • Lack of awareness regarding the need to perform a cesarean section, rather than allowing a mother to continue vaginal delivery

Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

Unlike other birth injuries, signs that your child has cerebral palsy will not appear immediately but rather around the age of three and can include:

  • Difficulty eating
  • Inability to control head
  • Poor motor skills
  • Drooling
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Favoring of one hand
  • Floppy or stiff appearance
  • Easily startled

Cerebral Palsy Treatment

Physical therapist helping cerebral palsy patient.Early detection is vital for treatment and potential recovery for a child with chronic, muscle coordination disorders. Common treatment methods used in order to provide a better quality of life for cerebral palsy victims includes:

  • Seizure medications
  • Psychological care
  • Surgery
  • Institutionalization or in home care, depending on severity
  • Therapy

While a 2003 estimate puts the cost of raising a child with cerebral palsy at nearly one million dollars, this excludes out of pocket expenses. Unfortunately, there is a $1 million cap in Indiana, which means you need an experienced, birth injury attorney on your side that will fight for your full compensation.

Personal injury attorney, Richard Truitt of Truitt Law Offices, has represented catastrophically injured clients for over 37 years. He has the experience and compassion to guide you through this trying time and obtain the compensation your family is entitled to. If you live in the Fort Wayne, Huntington, or Indiana area, and your child has cerebral palsy, please contact our birth injury office online or call us at (888) 665-1972 today to schedule your free interview. Make your first call, your only call.