Charities Help British Boy with Cerebral Palsy Get Bike

Laura Woods | November 1st, 2013 | Posted in Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit News

cerebral palsy lawsuitA young British boy suffering from a form of cerebral palsy is now able to ride a bike thanks to two local charities. The organizations helped the boy’s family to afford a specially developed trike that cost more than 1,000 GBP.

His parents are using the trike to build up his strength, having him ride for 10 minutes each night. The ultimate goal is for the boy to be able to bike the one mile span from his family’s home to the village. Many of his friends bike to school and he would like to be able to join them for part of the journey.

Currently the boy cannot walk into the village, and instead must use a wheelchair. His parents hope that if he’s able to bike in on the trike he’ll get to experience a new feeling of freedom.

The charities are thrilled to hear of the difference the trike has made in the boy’s life and hope to help other local causes in the future.

Possible causes of cerebral palsy

Children born with cerebral palsy experience an abnormality or disruption in brain development, typically before birth. The exact cause to trigger the condition is often unknown. Causes of cerebral palsy could include:

  • Genetics: random changes in genes that control brain development.
  • Infections: those contracted by the mother could impact the development of the fetus. Also infections contracted by an infant can cause inflammation in or around the brain.
  • Stroke: a fetal stroke causes a disruption of blood supply to the developing brain of the fetus.
  • Lack of oxygen to the brain (asphyxia): this is rare, but related to a difficult labor or delivery.
  • Traumatic head injury: occurring if an infant is involved in a car accident or falls.

While the exact causes of cerebral palsy are unknown, there are several factors associated with a greater risk of diagnosis. Maternal health issues including certain infections or health problems during pregnancy can increase the chances of cerebral palsy. Some illnesses in newborns, including bacterial meningitis, viral encephalitis, and severe or untreated jaundice are risk factors that can lead to cerebral palsy.

Other factors associated with pregnancy and birth that pose a risk for babies developing cerebral palsy include premature birth, low birth weight, breech births, and multiple babies.

Grounds for filing a cerebral palsy lawsuit

Many parents have filed a cerebral palsy lawsuit against the infant’s healthcare provider, citing medical negligence led to their child’s birth injuries.

A few notable cerebral palsy lawsuit verdicts include:

  • Pennsylvania family awarded $4 million: A jury recently awarded $4 million to a mother and her child, who suffers from cerebral palsy and neurological injuries following alleged negligence by an obstetrician who failed to perform a C-section in response to fetal distress. The mother also suffers incontinence and is unable to walk.
  • Massachusetts parents awarded $40 million: A Massachusetts jury awarded $40 million to a child and his family after their physician waited more than five hours to deliver the boy despite showing signs of fetal distress. The child now suffers from cerebral palsy and severe developmental disorders.
  • Kansas family wins $4.72 million: A Kansas family brought a cerebral palsy lawsuit against the doctor who delivered their baby, after the obstetrician and medical staff made several errors during delivery that caused the child to develop cerebral palsy.

Legal help for victims

The birth injury lawyers at Balkin & Eisbrouch know that your infant’s well being is your top priority. If you believe your child’s causes of cerebral palsy can be traced back to medical mistakes made during birth, you may have grounds for filing a claim. Contact our offices anytime at 1-855-60-BIRTH to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team.