What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a group of chronic movement or posture disorders that are caused by the brain's inability to control the body. Cerebral palsy symptoms often appear at birth but may also not be recognized until well into a baby's first year. The degree of cerebral palsy varies from child and can include fine motor task difficulties, speech impairment, loss of balance, uncontrollable hand movements, drooling, mental impairment or seizures.

If you experienced one or more of the following during your pregnancy or child's birth, it is possible that your baby's cerebral palsy may be the result of a preventable birth injury:
  • Improper pregnancy dating
  • Undetected or improperly treated infections
  • Low amniotic fluid
  • A twisted umbilical cord
  • A baby that was too large for gestational age
  • Difficult delivery
  • Breech birth
  • Premature delivery
  • Your baby was in fetal distress but the medical staff did not perform a cesarean section

Martha Gold is a New York medical malpractice attorney who has successfully represented many victims and families who have been forced to deal with the impact of cerebral palsy. She is familiar with the special issues and complexities that are involved in this area of the law, and draws on her extensive experience in medical negligence to represent her clients.