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Cerebral Palsy

Delaware & Maryland Cerebral Palsy Attorneys

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Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a type of birth injury caused during childbirth and is the most common motor skill condition in childhood. It is estimated that 1 in 354 children in the United States is born with CP. It is a combination of disorders that can ultimately impact a child’s gait, muscle tone, motor skills, coordination and cognitive development. A child diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy will never recover nor will they lead a typical child’s life. Treatment of Cerebral Palsy is a life long ordeal that can cause you, your child and your entire family great stress on several levels such as emotional and financial. If your child has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a result of the birthing process in Delaware you should immediately connect with a Delaware Birth Injury Lawyer. Please contact Shelsby & Leoni P.A. to discuss your rights. You, and your child, may be entitled to benefits and compensation per Delaware Personal Injury Law. Call the Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C. Birth Injury Attorneys at Shelsby & Leoni P.A. by dialing 302-995-6210. 

They have offices in Wilmington, DE and Baltimore, MD to serve you. Serving DE, MD & DC: Wilmington, Newark, Middletown, Dover, Georgetown, Lewes, Elkton, Bel Air, Towson, Baltimore, Annapolis, Glen Burnie & Washington D.C.

Causes of CP

Cerebral Palsy is divided into 2 categories: congenital and acquired. Cerebral Palsy that is caused during the birthing process falls into the congenital category. It can be caused by trauma to the baby’s head during birth, improper use of forceps during delivery and a prolonged shortage of oxygen to the baby’s brain while being delivered. It is estimated that 85% of all CP cases fall into the congenital category.

Acquired CP can occur within 28 days of your child being born. It is typically caused by brain damage, brain injury due to child abuse, Shaken Baby Syndrome and infections such as encephalitis and meningitis. Issues with blood flowing to the brain can also result in acquired CP and can be caused by cerebrovascular accidents such as a stroke, brain hemorrhage associated with a blood clotting problem, improperly formed blood vessels, a congenital heart defect or sickle cell disease. No matter what caused your baby to be born with CP you may be entitled to benefits, long term care for your child and significant compensation for emotional, financial and psychological damages.

Types of CP

There are 3 primary types of Cerebral Palsy, each with its own set of symptoms. Although it is important to know that each case is unique and your child may demonstrate symptoms for one or more Cerebral Palsy types. The types are:

Ataxic Cerebral Palsy – this type is distinguished by the child having problems regarding balance and depth perception

Athetoid Cerebral Palsy – with this type the child may suffer from involuntary muscle movements that they cannot control

Spastic Cerebral Palsy – this form exhibits extreme muscle rigidity, stiffness and muscle spasms

Symptoms of CP

The most common Cerebral Palsy symptoms include:

Risk Factors Of CP

Both forms of CP are more common when certain risk factors are present. These are baby being born prematurely or with a low birth weight, infections, multiple births i.e. twins, triplets, etc., jaundice. untreated jaundice leading to kernicterus, placenta or uterus injury and babies conceived via Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). If your baby was born with CP, a birth defect or any type of birth injury please call or email our Annapolis, MD CP attorneys for a free case analysis.

How Our Delaware Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help You

Many cases of Cerebral Palsy are a direct result of substandard medical care. A birth injury will change your life and your child’s life forever financially , emotionally and psychologically. Your child may never be able to enjoy the same quality of life as other children. You may face insurmountable medical expenses and mental anguish. All of this may entitle you to benefits and compensation. Working with a skilled and experienced Delaware Medical Malpractice Attorney will ensure that you get all benefits and sources compensation you and your family are entitled to.

Contact Our Maryland Injury Lawyers Handling Cerebral Palsy Lawsuits

Call the Delaware Medical Negligence Lawyers at Shelsby & Leoni P.A. by calling 302-995-6210. Or, you may email the Newark Delaware Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Shelsby & Leoni here. Mr. Shelsby & Mr. Leoni are very skilled Delaware Trial Lawyers who will do their best to make all liable parties responsible for your injuries and get you the compensation you deserve.

Shelsby & Leoni serve victims of medical malpractice , and medical negligence, throughout all of Delaware, Maryland & Washington D.C. including: Wilmington, Newark, Middletown, Dover, Milford, Seaford, Lewes, Elkton, Bel Air, Towson, Baltimore, Annapolis, College Park and Hyattsville.