Caused by abnormal brain development or brain damage, cerebral palsy is a type of movement disorder that may range widely in severity and symptoms depending on the part of the brain affected and the extent of damage. While some cases of cerebral palsy cannot be prevented, there are others that are caused by medical negligence. These cases can involve brain damage sustained during or after childbirth because of the negligence or wrongdoing of a doctor, anesthesiologist, nurse, or other medical professional or facility.
The following mistakes/errors can cause brain damage, leading to cerebral palsy:
- Delayed C-section
- Mismanagement of shoulder dystocia
- Delayed response to childbirth complications
- Failure to recommend a C-section in a high-risk delivery
- Misuse of vacuum extractor or forceps
- Any other deviations from standard care
Since 1975, Decof, Decof & Barry, P.C. has represented families across Rhode Island in birth injury lawsuits. These are highly technical cases and are exceedingly difficult to prove, but our lawyers have persevered time and time again to help injured children receive the support they need for their lifelong care.
Contact our firm at (401) 200-4059 for a free consultation and discuss your options and rights after a cerebral palsy diagnosis.
The Three Main Types of Cerebral Palsy
There are three primary types of cerebral palsy, which may range from mild to severe depending on the extent of damage to the brain:
- Spastic cerebral palsy, which is typically characterized by stiffness and difficulty moving limbs.
- Athetoid cerebral palsy, which is characterized by uncontrolled, involuntary movements.
- Ataxic cerebral palsy, which is generally characterized by difficulty walking, with balance, and with depth perception.
If your child has been diagnosed with any type of cerebral palsy, do not wait to consider your legal options. The cost of treatment and ongoing care can quickly add up to hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars over your child’s life. A Rhode Island cerebral palsy attorney can help you pursue fair compensation.
Learn more about your case and how we can help by calling (401) 200-4059.