New York Cerebral Palsy Attorneys

Cerebral Palsy (CP) From Medical Malpractice

Cerebral palsy is among the most common birth injuries an infant may suffer from. The National Institute of Health (NIH) reports that about 10,000 American newborns suffer cerebral palsy injuries at birth every year. Unfortunately, cerebral palsy cannot be cured. Cerebral palsy leaves sufferers dealing with a lifetime of developmental delays, coordination issues, muscle paralysis, and other serious health issues. Never forget, cerebral palsy is not a disease - it's a group of medical conditions caused by damage to a fetus's developing brain.

Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

There are many symptoms of cerebral palsy to be on the lookout for:

  • Reduced muscle tone
  • Abnormal reflexes
  • Coordination problems
  • Difficulties with speech

According to the NIH, these are the specific signs of a cerebral palsy injury:

  • Under 6 months old: The child's body feels stiff; his head won't feel completely supported by his neck, and he will push away from attempts to hold him.
  • Over 6 months old: The child will often keep his hands balled into fists, have trouble rolling, and have difficulty locating his mouth with his hands.
  • Over 10 months old: The child won't crawl straight and may have problems using his legs when crawling.

If your child has suffered a birth injury due to the negligence of a medical professional or hospital, you may be entitled to compensation for all the present and future expenses the injury will cost you. To find out more about filing a legal suit to claim this compensation, you need to contact the esteemed New York legal team at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP. Call (212) 986- 7353 for a free consultation.

How Do Cerebral Palsy Injuries Occur?

Cerebral palsy birth injuries are often the result of negligent actions by a doctor, nurse, or midwife. When any of these medical professionals fails to adequately treat the problematic conditions of a difficult pregnancy or delivery, children and families may end up suffering. Here are some of the most common causes of cerebral palsy birth injuries:

Different Forms of Cerebral Palsy

There are three basic types of cerebral palsy a child may be afflicted with: spastic, ataxic, and athetoid.


The most common form of this disorder, spastic afflicts 70% to 80% of all people with cerebral palsy. It is characterized by jerky, exaggerated movements; tight, stiff muscles; limited mobility; abnormal gait; contractures; joints that won’t fully extend; crossed knees; and walking on tiptoes.


Between 5% and 10% of people who have cerebral palsy have a rare form that is called ataxic cerebral palsy, which causes a lack of balance and hinders a person's depth perception. Fine motor skills (small movements) and gross motor skills (large movements) may both be influenced by this condition. It is typical for victims of ataxic cerebral palsy to have an unsteady or wobbly gait, poor coordination, shaking, and tremors.


Approximately 10% of people who have cerebral palsy have a form of the condition called athetoid cerebral palsy, also known as dyskinetic cerebral palsy. Athetoid cerebral palsy is the result of injury to the basal ganglia and/or the cerebellum, both of which are involved in the movement of the body. Characteristics of athetoid cerebral palsy include involuntary moving or writhing of the hands, legs, feet, and arms. This can have an impact on many functions, including eating, walking, and sitting. The face may be affected as well - for instance, the tongue may thrust out of the mouth and the face may contort. In certain cases, people with athetoid cerebral palsy have a condition known as dysarthria, in which the muscles involved with speaking cause mispronunciation.


Approximately 10% of people with cerebral palsy have mixed cerebral palsy. As the name suggests, mixed cerebral palsy is a combination of two or more forms of cerebral palsy. This form of the disorder may include any variety of the characteristics of ataxic, athetoid, and spastic cerebral palsy. Sufferers commonly have a combination of two types of cerebral palsy, though some people do have a combination of all three. Some symptoms are more noticeable at an early age, while other symptoms are not discovered until months or years later. A combination of spastic and athetoid is the most common mixed cerebral palsy.

Compensation for a Cerebral Palsy Injury

If a doctor, nurse, or any other medical professional caused injuries to your child, you may be entitled to financial compensation to cover your child's future healthcare needs. The damages pursued in such a case will most likely include:

  • Lost quality of life for your child
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost earning potential
  • Long-term cost of medical care and treatment
  • Household and vehicle modifications (wheelchair ramps, lifts, etc.)
  • Home nursing care
  • Lost wages from missed work for doctor’s appointments, etc.
  • Other damages, both economic and non-economic

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