Cerebral Palsy

Protecting infants’ rights after traumatic births

Cerebral palsy occurs when at least one area of the brain is injured, affecting a person’s motor skills and mental functioning. Cases of cerebral palsy in infants and small children are often traced back to medical negligence on the part of a healthcare provider at the time the baby was born.

Theodoros & Rooth, P.C. provides compassionate assistance to families with children whose cerebral palsy stems from complications during or immediately after a child’s birth. We have represented clients in cerebral palsy lawsuits involving:

  • Head trauma
  • Delayed delivery
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Side effects from wrongly prescribed painkillers
  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Improper use of a vacuum extractor or forceps
  • Failure to recognize fetal distress and perform a C-section
  • Failure to diagnose and treat infant seizures
  • Failure to appropriately handle a bad birth position
  • Failure to appropriately treat respiratory distress

Our lawyers help clients obtain the maximum compensation available by law so children can receive the treatment and care they need.

Types of cerebral palsy

The impact of cerebral palsy varies greatly depending on the form a child has and its severity. The main forms of cerebral palsy are:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy, where muscles are extremely tight or rigid and movement is greatly limited. This is the most common form of cerebral palsy and is generally considered to be the most manageable form. It can impact one particular side of the body, leg and hip muscles, legs, arms, and the body trunk. Additionally, spastic cerebral palsy may cause seizures and mental retardation.
  • Dyskinetic or athetoid cerebral palsy, where a child’s intelligence is normal but muscle movement is hard to control. The second most common form of cerebral palsy, children may have trouble walking, sitting or speaking. They may also have issues with facial muscle control, drooling and slurred speech.
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy, where the cerebellum is damaged and the patient’s depth perception, overall balance, and coordination in the body’s trunk and limbs are affected. The rarest form of cerebral palsy, routine everyday activities are difficult or impossible to perform and fine motor skills are severely limited.

If you are unsure whether your child has cerebral palsy, meet with an attorney from our office for a free initial consultation to discuss your child’s medical condition. We frequently work with medical professionals and can refer you to a doctor with specific knowledge of cerebral palsy and its symptoms.

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Located across the street from the Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, Indiana, the injury law firm of Theodoros & Rooth, P.C. stands by your side through every step of your case. We are located just 30 miles outside Chicago. Call us at 219.769.6393 or contact us online to tell us about your injury. We look forward to speaking with you.

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