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Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy

Syracuse Medical Malpractice Lawyers for Spastic Hemiplegia Medical Malpractice Lawyers Representing Clients Throughout Upstate, New York

Spastic hemiplegia is a kind of spastic cerebral palsy in which the portion of the brain controlling your movement is damaged. This condition may affect children before, during or after birth, or even when they are babies or toddlers. When a child has spastic hemiplegia, he or she may find it a struggle to perform simple tasks like picking up an object or walking. Children with spastic hemiplegia may also suffer disorders like epilepsy or ADHD. Hemiplegia is a kind of unilateral cerebral palsy that paralyzes you only on one side of your body. Common signs of hemiplegia include weakness, muscle stiffness, and poor muscle control. If you suffered hemiplegic cerebral palsy, you should discuss your situation with experienced Syracuse birth injury lawyers who seek the best results. With our 30-plus years of experience at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Attorneys, we may be able to help you. We understand how difficult it can be to face the anguish and medical bills that arise from a preventable medical condition.

Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is the general term for movement disorders that impact a child during development. A leading cause of cerebral palsy is injury to the brain. The resulting condition is typically based on the portion of the brain that was injured. Typically, there’s an injury to either the motor cortex or pyramidal tracts. Your child’s motor cortex is located in her brain’s cerebral cortex, and its largest portion has many parts that communicate with each other in order to control her movements. When harm has resulted in the birth injury of spastic hemiplegia, your child may have a hard time controlling his or her movements.

Pyramidal tracts permit communication between the spinal cord and the cerebral cortex, and if it is damages, the communication halts. Certain essential functions like movement and touch may be impacted. Factors that could damages the brain include brain trauma, brain infection, lack of oxygen supply, prenatal infection, and brain hemorrhage.

When your child has hemiplegic cerebral palsy as a result of a doctor’s malpractice, you may be able to file a birth injury lawsuit for damages, but you should be represented by an experienced attorney who understands the nuances and challenges of these types of medical malpractice cases. In order to recover damages for a birth injury, our lawyers would need to show by a preponderance of the evidence: (1) you were owed a professional duty of reasonable care, (2) breach of the professional duty of reasonable care, (3) causation, and (4) damages. For instance, when your baby was being born, your OB-gyn owed you a professional duty of care to use the accepted practices and standards of other reasonable OB-gyns in or around Syracuse. If, for example, a reasonably competent OB-gyn would have conducted an emergency C-section due to labor difficulties, but yours didn’t, and as a result of head trauma with forceps, your child developed hemiplegic cerebral, you may be able to recover damages.


For a birth injury such as hemiplegic cerebral palsy, you may be able to recover compensatory damages on behalf of your Syracuse child. These may include both economic and noneconomic losses incurred as a result of hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Economic losses may include wage loss, medical bills, Noneconomic losses may include pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life. Your child may suffer anguish as a result of his condition, and the jury will evaluate what it believes would reasonably flow from the harm. As a parent, you may be entitled to your losses arising out of your child’s hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

Hire a Birth Injury Lawyer

The Syracuse birth injury lawyers of DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Attorneys may be able to represent you in a claim for damages as a result of hemiplegic cerebral palsy. We have more than 3 decades of experience representing the injured and we’ve recovered more than $200 million in personal injury awards and settlements. We represent babies and their families in Rochester, Auburn, Watertown, Oswego, Lowville, Wampsville, Canandaigua, Lyons, Ithaca, Cooperstown, Oneida, Utica, Herkimer, Binghamton, and Elmira. For your convenience, we have offices all throughout Upstate New York. Complete our online form or call us at 833-200-2000.

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