Cerebral Palsy and Medical Malpractice Claims | What You Should Know

There are few things more nerve-racking than giving birth to a child. Of course, everybody wants nothing but the best for their child, and fortunately, there are countless talented and dedicated doctors throughout the state of Pennsylvania who do whatever it takes to successfully deliver babies every single day. Unfortunately, there are times where doctors are negligent when delivering babies, and in many cases, this results in Cerebral Palsy. If you believe that your child has wrongly developed Cerebral Palsy, you must continue reading and speak with our experienced Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorneys to learn more about the medical condition and how we may be able to help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How is Cerebral Palsy defined?

Children develop Cerebral Palsy due to a lack of oxygen flowing to their brains during birth. This oftentimes adversely affects a child’s physical development, including his or her posture, movements, balance, and other cognitive functions. In certain cases, the signs of Cerebral Palsy are not evident immediately, and instead manifest and worsen over time. If your child has difficulty crawling, walking, hearing, rolling over, or speaking, he or she may have Cerebral Palsy, however, you may not notice this until long after you’ve taken him or her home from the hospital.

What are the effects of Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy can impact an individual for their entire lives, both physically and financially. Unfortunately, in many cases, motor functions are never completely restored, which is why, at the very least, you should hire an experienced Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney who can work to win you the compensation you and your child need to pay for treatments and all other medical attention your child may need.

How do I know if I can sue a medical professional for cerebral palsy?

To win a medical malpractice claim, your attorney will first have to prove that your doctor owed you or your child a duty of care. From here, your attorney will have to prove that your doctor breached that duty of care by diverting from the standard course of treatment, and because of his or her negligence, your child was harmed and suffered significant damages as a result. This is not always easy, and doctors frequently hire teams of legal experts to defend their professions, which is why you must retain the services of an attorney with the knowledge and drive to fight for the compensation you and your family deserve.


Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of legal matters. If you require the services of an effective attorney, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.

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