Cerebral Palsy Is Not Always Due To A Birth Injury, It Can Happen After Delivery

A Florida jury awarded the family of Kiarra Smith $19.2 million. Kiarra was born at 24 weeks gestation and weighed approximately 680 grams. After birth, she was doing quite well. Due to her prematurity, she had to receive her nutrition, Total Parental Nutrition (TPN), through an intravenous line until she was able to take a bottle. According to the Complaint, on or about when she was 15 days old, the physician mistakenly wrote Kiarra's weight in kilograms, instead of grams. That mistake caused Kiarra to receive 100 times the amount of vitamins and nutrients she was supposed to receive. As a result of the overdose, Kiarra developed metabolic acidosis and it caused her to go into cardiac arrest. Currently, she is blind, wheelchair bound, and has Cerebral Palsy (CP).

Cerebral Palsy occurs when there is damage to an infant's developing brain. In addition to causing problems with crawling or walking, it can also cause problems with bowel and bladder function, breathing, speech, eating, swallowing, learning, vision, and hearing. The injury or insult can occur either during pregnancy, labor, delivery, after birth, or within the first few years of life. Some of the early signs of CP can be not reaching milestones, a delay in crawling or walking, a lack of coordination, tight or stiff muscles, walking on toes, or a floppy, decreased muscle tone. The diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy is usually made by the time the child is three years old.

The Nationally known Beasley Medical Malpractice law firm has an unparalleled record of success investigating and litigating Cerebral Palsy cases with documented results. Our specialized birth injury Cerebral Palsy team is made up of doctors, and nurses that have collectively worked over 60 years in the hospital, in the labor and delivery and neonatal intensive care units. Our collective knowledge assisted in obtaining two of the largest medical negligence verdicts in Pennsylvania history, $100 million and $55 million. To date, we have over $2 billion awarded on behalf of injured patients just like you or a loved one.

If your child has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP) please contact one of our experienced Philadelphia Cerebral Palsy attorneys at (215) 866-2424.


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