It is common to wonder how a baby’s development compares to others their age. Some babies can say their first words before nine months of age, while others do not speak for more than a year. While variations in the time it takes for a baby to walk or talk are normal, if your child is consistently missing milestones, it could be a sign of a serious issue like cerebral palsy.
If you are looking for what to do if your child shows symptoms of cerebral palsy, a lawyer may be able to help. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at 1-800-222-9529 to connect with a lawyer who can help you.
What to Look for if Your Child Has Cerebral Palsy
Knowing the developmental milestones your child is supposed to hit as they mature helps parents know what to expect. If your child has cerebral palsy, there will be early signs that your child may have physical, cognitive, or emotional difficulties.
If your child is under six months of age, symptoms of cerebral palsy may include:
- The child feeling ‘floppy’ (hypotonic) when you pick them up, indicating a lack of muscle tone;
- The child feeling stiff (hypertonic) when you lift them up, indicating excessive muscle tone;
- The child’s neck falling backward without support;
- The child’s legs becoming stiff or performing a ‘scissor’ when lifted; and,
- When held, the child seems to be overextending and flexing their arms as if they are pushing you away.
If your child is over six months of age, symptoms of cerebral palsy may include being:
- Unable to roll over;
- Unable to reach with both hands;
- Unable to put their hands together; and,
- Unable to put their hand near their mouth.
Babies with cerebral palsy may have poor posture, slow reflexes, and have a noted preference for one side of their body. As the child continues to develop, you may notice that they may:
- Be unable to stay visually focused for any length of time;
- Vomit frequently;
- Have difficulties picking their head up;
- Have delays in crawling or crawl using only the arm and leg on one side;
- Have trouble standing up by themselves;
- Have communication problems;
- Have difficulties walking; and,
- Have difficulties eating.
In older children, signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy may include:
- Poor coordination;
- Speech difficulties;
- Joint or bone deformities;
- Hearing and vision deformities; and,
- Inability to control their bladder or bowels (if of potty-training age).
Cerebral palsy is difficult to diagnose in newborns and infants. Doctors and parents may begin to suspect that a child has cerebral palsy when they fail to reach their developmental milestones. Your pediatrician can help advise you on what to do if your child shows symptoms of cerebral palsy, and your birth injury lawyer can help you determine whether medical negligence played a role in your child’s diagnosis.
The Importance of Diagnosing Cerebral Palsy at an Early Age
If you believe that your child may be demonstrating signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy, you will want to receive a medical diagnosis as soon as possible. If the cerebral palsy was caused by medical error, you and your child may be entitled to compensation to help cover the cost of treatment, therapy, and other necessary interventions.
The statute of limitations for cases involving medical malpractice and birth injuries is different in every state. If the statute of limitations runs out, you may lose the opportunity to sue for damages related to your child. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at 1-800-222-9529 to be connected with an attorney familiar with the statute of limitations in your state.
Working with an Attorney
Your attorney will work to gather as much evidence and information as possible about your case. This will help them assess whether medical malpractice played a part in your child’s cerebral palsy. We will begin investigating your child’s case and keep you informed each step of the way.
Settling the Case or Going to Court
Once we have estimated the future needs of your child, we will advise you on the next steps. This is generally a choice between accepting a one-time settlement or taking your case to course in pursuit of more substantial damages. The most important thing to consider is whether the settlement being offered is sufficient to cover your child’s current and future needs. Most cases are settled before trial, but if we are unable to come to fair settlement, we will present a strong and effective argument on your behalf in court.
Get Started Today
If you are wondering what to do if your child shows symptoms of cerebral palsy, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at 1-800-222-9529 for a no-obligation consultation. Together, we can stand up for your child’s rights.