Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects a person’s coordination, muscle control, and body movement. It is most commonly caused when a baby doesn’t receive enough oxygen to the brain during delivery.
Symptoms of cerebral palsy can vary greatly from person to person, and they gradually develop over a child’s first 2-3 years of development. Common warning signs include:
- Muscle tone that is too stiff or too floppy
- Poor muscle coordination
- Delays in reaching motor skill milestones
- Excessive drooling
- Walking issues such as walking on toes or with a crouched gait
- Favoring one side of the body
- Delays in speech development
- Difficulty performing precise motions
If you notice any of these symptoms or any other issues with your child’s development, see your doctor immediately. The earlier a diagnosis can be made, the better.
Unfortunately, cerebral palsy is a birth injury that is most often the result of medical negligence. Doctors and other medical staff in the delivery room have all the tools and technology necessary to monitor your baby for signs of distress or lack of oxygen. When they fail to detect these signs and take the proper steps to prevent an injury, it constitutes medical malpractice.
If you believe your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by a doctor’s negligence, Marc Albert can help make sure your child’s rights are protected. He has handled many birth injury cases, and he will fight aggressively to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Please contact the Law Offices of Marc S. Albert today to schedule your free cerebral palsy consultation. Mr. Albert serves clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area from his offices in Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.