Cerebral palsy refers to a collection of disorders that affect an individual’s ability to move. It can be caused in many ways but most often is the result of damage sustained by the brain during pregnancy or soon after birth. It can affect different people in different ways, but it almost always impacts muscle control, coordination, and muscle tone, as well as body movements, posture, and balance. People who suffer from cerebral palsy may also suffer impairments with their vision, speaking, hearing, and in their ability to learn.
Cerebral palsy is a permanent and life-long condition. Depending on the extent and severity of the disorder, some symptoms of cerebral palsy may improve with proper care and therapy, while some symptoms will worsen over time, leaving the affected individual and their family to deal with high and long-lasting costs of medical care, lost opportunities in life, and the stress of caring for an ill loved one.
If you have a child who has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, or if you suspect that your child may suffer from it, speak with your doctor to learn more. However, because cerebral palsy can be caused by medical negligence, it is only fair that you receive compensation for the damages inflicted upon you. Our team of birth injury lawyers has the experience and legal know-how to handle complex birth-related malpractice, and we are here to help you and your family get your life back on track. Call today for a private consultation at (800) 222-9529.
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What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is generally caused by the combined effect of multiple events that occur before, during, or after birth that damage or injure a baby’s developing brain. There is no single cause of the illness and it is a generally accepted fact that cerebral palsy is usually caused by multiple factors that cause or exacerbate injury to the brain.
These events, also known as risk factors, do not themselves cause cerebral palsy, but they do increase the likelihood of a child developing it before or soon after birth. These risk factors include all of the following:
- Premature birth: This is usually classified as birth at less than 37 weeks.
- Low birth weight: When the baby is smaller than he or she should be based on his or her gestational age.
- Problems with blood clotting, also known as thrombophilia.
- Limited oxygen or nutrients supply in the womb.
- Blood type compatibility issues between the mother and her baby.
- The mother became infected with viral diseases during pregnancy.
- Certain bacterial infections of the mother can affect the baby’s central nervous system.
- Loss of oxygen during pregnancy or during the birthing process that causes damage to the brain.
- Birth injury as a result of delivery issues, misuse of birthing tools, or inexperience on the part of the delivery team.
The attorneys at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group handle cases such as cerebral palsy. We specialize in assisting clients whose children suffer injuries or disabilities that resulted from medical negligence or malpractice. We understand that birth injuries are a sensitive issue and we handle every one of our client’s claims with compassion. Call us today at (800) 222-9529 for a free, no-obligation, and private consultation with a birth injury expert to learn more about your rights and options for birth-related injuries.
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Responding to the Shock of a Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis
The first questions on the minds of parents who receive the news that their child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy are how it was caused, how severe the diagnosis is, and what impact it will have on the life of the child. Other questions include how to treat and manage the diagnosis and how to care for a child with this debilitating illness.
The first step in answering these questions is determining how your child’s cerebral palsy was caused. Your child’s radiologist, a neurologist, or a pediatric radiologist can conduct an MRI or a CT scan and combine those results with your child’s medical history, lab tests, and developmental milestones that your child has or should have achieved. Doing this can help you understand the exact type of brain damage your child is likely to have, and from there, you can turn your focus to determining the extent and exact location of your child’s impairment. From there, treatment, therapy, and rehabilitative plans can be created to help your child reach his or her full potential.
How a Lawyer Can Help
While members of the medical community are at the service of the ill and injured, it should come as no surprise that many healthcare facilities and insurance companies are for-profit. If your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by the negligence of an inexperienced, inattentive, or distracted caregiver either during delivery, soon after birth, or at any time during which a baby’s brain is still in development, you may have grounds to sue for compensation.
Doing this will involve all of the following:
- Determining if there was a failure to diagnose or properly treat or address pregnancy complications, such as infections, large fetuses, preeclampsia, or high blood pressure.
- Determining if there was a failure to properly monitor, identify, and then address these complications.
- Obtaining proof that the delivery team failed to detect signs of fetal distress that were the cause of brain damage during or after delivery.
- Identifying errors in performing C-sections, including delayed C-section procedures or a failure to perform a C-section.
- Identifying medication errors, such as improper dosages of labor-inducing drugs.
- Identifying improper, unsafe, or grossly negligent use of assistive devices for birth and delivery, such as forceps or vacuum extractors.
Our attorneys can help you determine whether or not your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by medical negligence. If yes, we will help you identify the party or parties responsible, determine the value of your claim, file a claim with the right courts within the appropriate jurisdiction, negotiate a fair claim on your behalf, and represent you in court if the case goes to trial. Call today at (800) 222-9529 for a private consultation with one of our birth injury specialists and to learn more about winning the compensation you and your family deserve.