What is Cerebral Palsy?

I’m attorney Emily Thomas. I spent the majority of my career handling cases for children that have suffered birth injuries or medical malpractice. Many of the children that I’ve worked with over the years have had a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a disorder of motor function; so walking, using your hands, using your limbs and your extremities to do things. And the reason that disorder exists is because there’s underlying neurological issues preventing a person from being able to use their legs and their hands and their feet and their arms and the way that they need to. There’s different degrees of severity and different types of cerebral palsy. But in a whole, it usually means cerebral weakness. If you were to look up palsy, that means weakness.

The reason that many children that suffer a birth injury later have a diagnosis of cerebral palsy is because babies have a very fragile brain, and there’s a lot of trauma that can occur during the labor and delivery process if care is not appropriate, that can injure the child’s brain. So neurological damage, often this is seen on head imaging studies such as a CT scan or an MRI or an ultrasound of the brain, can then later lead to a diagnosis of cerebral palsy.

I hope you will trust our firm to review your child’s medical records to see if your child’s diagnosis is related to errors or mistakes made at the time of their labor and delivery. We are here to answer your questions and get you the help that you need.