San Francisco Cerebral Palsy Lawyers
Helping Your Family Fight for Fair Recovery
Cerebral palsy (CP) refers to a group of disorders that have a dramatic impact on motor control, balance, posture, and brain development over the course of an individual’s life. While many diagnoses of cerebral palsy are genetic or otherwise unavoidable, however, doctors can also cause infants to develop CP when they fail to meet the standard of care during and after birth.
At Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn, our San Francisco cerebral palsy lawyers are committed to providing the top-tier representation you deserve after CP diagnosis caused by negligence. In the past, we’ve secured jury verdicts as high as $84 million for families affected by cerebral palsy – and with every birth injury case, we can draw from over 40 years of experience serving injury victims in San Francisco and beyond.
Call (415) 940-7176 today for a free consultation with our team!
Main Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Brain damage is the primary underlying cause of cerebral palsy, which means that doctors must take extra care to ensure that your child’s brain is protected and monitored throughout the birthing process. Whether your child is deprived of oxygen or harmed by improper use of forceps, severe brain damage can often result in a CP diagnosis later in life.
Not all cases of cerebral palsy are linked to medical negligence. However, when a physician’s action – or lack of action – causes your child to develop this life-altering motor disorder, you may have the right to pursue legal action for medical malpractice.
Some of the most common causes of cerebral palsy include:
- Unnecessarily prolonged or delayed labor
- Fetal trauma during birth
- Improper use of birthing tools, such as vacuums and forceps
- Failure to perform a C-section when needed
- Delayed or inadequate response to fetal stress
- Failure to recognize preeclampsia and other maternal complications
- Medication errors during pregnancy
Signs and Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy isn’t always immediately obvious after birth, and it can take years for physicians to give an official CP diagnosis, particularly if the symptoms are mild. In general, infant cerebral palsy is marked by low muscle tone, lack of motor control, and delayed developmental milestones.
Other signs of CP in newborns and infants:
- “Floppiness” or stiffness to muscles
- Bruising on head after birth
- Inability to hold or turn the head independently
- Preference for one side of the body
- Muscle spasms
- Poor reflexes
Seeking Just Compensation for Your Losses
To determine if medical negligence contributed to your child’s cerebral palsy diagnosis, it’s important to hire an attorney who can fully investigate your claim and get the answers you deserve. Our birth injury lawyers at Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn can provide a meticulous investigation paired with compassionate advocacy for your claim. Since 1980, we’ve made it our mission to help families recover appropriate compensation after medical mistakes. We know that this is a difficult time – and we’re committed to holding physicians and medical staff accountable on your behalf, so that you can focus on your family’s needs.
For more information about how we can help with your cerebral palsy claim in San Francisco, call (415) 940-7176 or contact us online today.