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One Mistake Can Have Lifelong Effects


If your child suffers a birth injury that results in cerebral palsy, Salt Lake City medical malpractice attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane can provide the expert representation you need. Norman Younker's unrivaled experience and our team of specialists have helped many parents secure the compensation they need to care for their injured children. If you believe medical malpractice may have contributed to your child's injury, contact Younker Hyde Macfarlane today.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a disorder characterized by compromised body movement, muscle control and tone, coordination, reflexes, posture, and balance. CP is caused by brain damage brought about by brain injury or abnormal brain development occurring before, during, or immediately after birth. In the context of medical malpractice, cerebral palsy is often the result of oxygen deficiency in the brain during labor, or after birth. CP is a non-progressive condition, meaning it does not get worse over time. However, it can have immediately debilitating effects. The three most prevalent types of CP are:

  • Spastic Cerebral Palsy: The most common type of CP, spastic cerebral palsy causes muscle stiffness and inhibits full movement.
  • Athetoid Cerebral Palsy: Distinguished by involuntary movement, slurred speech, and low muscle coordination, Athetoid cerebral palsy typically affects the arms, legs, and hands.
  • Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: Ataxic cerebral palsy causes impaired balance, depth perception, and coordination.

How Does Malpractice Result in CP?

A baby squeezes their parent's thumbAs previously mentioned, many cases involving cerebral palsy and malpractice involve an inhibited flow of oxygen to the baby's brain during labor or immediately after birth. Premature delivery and trauma during labor may also result in CP. Causes of preventable CP include:

  • Negligence or carelessness while using vacuums or forceps in the delivery room
  • Failure (or delay) to perform a medically necessary Cesarean section
  • Undetected prolapsed umbilical cord
  • Failure to monitor fetal heart rate before and during labor
  • Failure to diagnose and/or treat infections in the mother during pregnancy

We Can Help

Establishing medical malpractice as the cause of cerebral palsy can be incredibly complex, both from a medical and legal standpoint. Norm Younker has handled a great number of these cases. Not only does he have nurses on his team, he also has access to some of the best CP authorities in the country. If you think medical malpractice may have caused your child's cerebral palsy, we will draw upon all of our resources to determine whether you have a case. If fault lies with your child's doctor or nurse, our economist will organize a budget for the cost of lifetime medical care and rehabilitation. We will then present a compelling, fact-based case to help you secure the compensation you will need to cover those expenses and to cope with pain and suffering.

We want to provide your family with the exceptional representation you need - and deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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They were extremely knowledgeable, extremely helpful experts. The team helped me with all aspects of my case, including medical and financial, and understood that it affected more than me but also my family.

- Jill S.

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