Cerebral Palsy, commonly shortened to CP, is an encompassing term used to describe a condition that inhibits normal, healthy movement. Cerebral refers to the part of the brain (the cerebrum) that regulates movement and motor function. Palsy is the paralysis of certain voluntary movements. Grade 1 IVH cerebral palsy is caused by an intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) in the brain. This type of cerebral palsy is determined by Grades 1, 2, 3, or 4. Children with Grade 1 IVH cerebral palsy often need lifelong medical attention.
Some children develop cerebral palsy from a birth injury caused by medical malpractice. A birth injury lawyer can evaluate your case and determine if there is proof of medical negligence. You may qualify for compensation for damages that include medical bills, lifecare costs, pain and suffering, and other losses. The Birth Injury Lawyers Group can connect you to a birth injury lawyer near you. Please call 1-800-222-9529 for a free consultation.
Grade 1 IVH Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Lawsuits
A birth injury lawyer will evaluate the details of your case to determine if it is likely that medical error caused your child to develop Grade 1 IVH cerebral palsy. A birth injury lawyer typically consults with medical experts to help determine liability and negligence. He or she will also request data from the medical facility about the labor and delivery process.
You may be entitled to financial recovery. Depending on the severity of your child’s Grade 1 IVH cerebral palsy, you could be facing a lifetime of medical treatment and associated lifecare expenses.
A birth injury lawsuit for this condition may recover compensation for damages such as:
- Treatments including speech, physical, and occupational therapy
- Orthotics and other medical devices
- Lost income from taking time from work to care for the child
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Grade 1 IVH Cerebral Palsy Overview
An IVH is a specific kind of bleeding in the brain. When there is too much blood in the brain the body will stop the bleeding with clots. These blood clots can interfere with the vital flow of spinal fluid that is needed for regular, healthy movement. This is what leads to Grade 1 IVH cerebral palsy.
Grade 1 IVH Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Causes
- Loss of oxygen or blood flow to the baby’s brain
- Improper use of ventilators
- Mistakes during vaginal delivery particularly if the baby is born breech or needs forceps or vacuum to emerge
- Undiagnosed or untreated maternal high blood pressure
- Premature birth which may have been preventable
- Other factors that show substandard prenatal, labor, or delivery medical care
Grade1 IVH Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Symptoms
- Abnormal blood pressure and heart rate
- Pauses in breathing or being unable to take even breaths
- Decreased reflexes and muscle tone
- Fatigue and excessive sleep
- Abnormal body movements
- Seizures or jerky movements
- Bluish hue to the skin
Grade 1 IVH Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Diagnosis and Treatment
- Observational diagnosis that includes missing developmental benchmarks and underdeveloped motor functions
- Imaging tests of the brain such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT)
- Electroencephalogram (EEG) that measures the brain’s electrical activity
- Cranial ultrasound
- Hearing, vision, and speech tests
Grade 1 IVH Cerebral Palsy Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Know if My Baby has Grade 1 IVH Cerebral Palsy?
Many cases are diagnosed by an alert parent or caregiver who notices that the baby is not walking, grasping, or sucking in a normal, healthy manner. If your baby is not reaching developmental benchmarks and has difficulties with motor function, you should ask your doctor about diagnostic tests. Most cases of Grade 1 IVH cerebral palsy are diagnosed before the age of two.
Can Grade 1 IVH Cerebral Palsy Be Fatal?
Some children with Grade 1 IVH cerebral palsy are born with serious co-existing medical conditions which can affect their life expectancy. Children with mild cases of cerebral palsy typically have a normal life expectancy. Exceptional physical, emotional, and social support is critical to give a child with this condition a full and rewarding life.
Who Is Liable for Grade 1 IVH Cerebral Palsy?
A birth injury lawyer can figure out who is liable for your child’s condition. In some situations, the entire labor and delivery team may share the responsibility for your child’s Grade 1 IVH cerebral palsy. It is also possible that the medical facility itself is liable if there was a failure in equipment, a breakdown in communications, or other factors that led to medical negligence.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Grade 1 IVH Cerebral Palsy?
The statute of limitations for a birth injury lawsuit depends on where you live. Most states have a statute of repose that may further limit your legal options. However, many states may delay the start time of a statute of repose or limitations until the child has reached legal age.
Grade 1 IVH Cerebral Palsy Glossary Terms
- Spasticity occurs when muscles are in a state of almost constant contraction or activity. Muscle spasticity can result in abnormal posture, involuntary movements, or deformed bones and joints.
- Incontinence is the inability to control the bladder. This results in involuntary urination that is common with some forms of cerebral palsy.
- Strabismus is also called crossed eyes. Some children with cerebral palsy do not have fully developed eye muscles and their eyes may turn in, out, up, or down.
If your child was diagnosed with Grade 1 IVH cerebral palsy that may have been caused by a birth injury, you could be entitled to financial recovery. This may ease the burden of your child’s medical and lifecare costs. The Birth Injury Lawyer Group will connect you to a birth injury lawyer in your area. Please call 1-800-222-9529 for a free consultation.