Cerebral palsy is a developmental disorder that is caused by brain injury or brain abnormalities that occur before, during, or soon after the birth of a child. It can affect how the child walks, talks, learns, and controls his or her limbs, and it can even affect his or her vision and hearing. The symptoms that your child exhibits as a result of cerebral palsy will depend on the nature of his or her injuries: how they were caused, where brain damage was sustained, and how severe the damage is.
If your child or another loved one suffers from or has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, call us to learn more about determining the exact cause and nature of the injuries, how they will likely affect the long-term development and health of your child, and how to cope with the expenses, litigation, insurance cover, and other administrative rules and regulations that pertain to such cases. Our team at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group specializes in helping families dealing with cerebral palsy getting back on their feet and on track to a more fulfilling life. Contact us today for a free and private consultation by calling (800) 222-9529.
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What are the Causes and Effects of Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy affects different people in different ways and varies in terms of symptoms and impacts based on the type of injury sustained, the extent of the injury, and when the injury occurred to the developing brain. It can negatively affect a child’s muscle control and coordination, as well as his or her reflexes, posture, ability to walk, and balance. It can also have an impact on fine motor skills, vision, and hearing.
Brain damage leads to cerebral palsy is usually a result of one or more of the following:
- Genetic or environmental factors that disturb the migration of brain cells as they move to their proper places while the brain is developing.
- Poor insulation of developing nerve cell fibers, resulting in hampered brain function.
- Events during birth that rupture specific blood vessels or prevent oxygen from reaching the brain of the baby.
- Trauma/impact, infections, and low oxygen levels can cause damage to the various connections and synapses in the brain.
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When an expectant mother goes into labor, medical staff must be on alert for many different things. From the mother’s blood oxygen levels and her blood pressure to amniotic fluid levels and the position of the child in the womb, a great deal of care must be exercised to ensure that the baby to be born is welcomed to the world in as easy and natural a way as possible.
Unfortunately, the unexpected can always happen. The baby may not be in the right position for delivery, or the mother may not dilate enough or quickly enough, and oftentimes, delivery doctors and nurses are forced to resort to emergency measures to quickly deliver the baby. In doing so, a few things must be kept in mind:
- The medical team owes the mother and her baby a duty of care; they are expected to take reasonable measures to ensure the health and safety of the mother and her child.
- If forced into performing an emergency procedure, they should have the necessary skills, training, and experience to perform it properly.
- In certain cases, the medical team may have to forcibly deliver the baby.
- If an emergency arises, it is possible that the medical team missed an important health indicator that signaled that an unexpected and negative development was likely to arise at the time of delivery, but because they missed it, they were not prepared to handle it.
It is concerning the last two points above that most birth injury cases occur. The use of forceps, vacuum tubes, and other birthing devices can lead to brain or nerve damage and medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, and other issues such as infection or blood incompatibility between the mother and baby (which needs to be tested for ahead of time) can also cause complications. In such cases, who is at fault for the damages incurred by the mother and her baby?
This is where a legal expert can help. It can be difficult to connect a delivery or pregnancy-related procedure or event to an injury sustained by a baby before or during the mother’s pregnancy or after the baby was delivered. However, if your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a result of a medical error or negligence, you will likely face lifelong medical bills to treat, test, and rehabilitate your child’s condition. Furthermore, your child will likely face years or even a lifetime of pain and suffering as they cope with and try to overcome the effects of their injury. You should not have to bear this burden on your own, especially if it is a result of the negligence of someone who owed you a duty of care and to whom you entrusted the well-being of your loved ones.
We understand the nuances and the factors that come into play when it comes to birth injury cases. In addition to helping you identify the parties responsible for your child’s cerebral palsy and gathering the evidence needed to build a case, we will help you quantify the damages you should seek to cover you for:
- The pain and suffering you and your child undergo as a result of cerebral palsy caused by negligence.
- The cost of medical care, including hospital bills, doctor visits, medicines, testing and diagnostic fees, and therapy.
- The cost of assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, or changes to the home to facilitate the disabilities of your child.
- Punitive damages in case of gross negligence or wrongful death may also be levied against the responsible parties, depending on the unique circumstances of your case.
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If your child, a loved one, or someone you know suffers from or has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, call us today at (800) 222-9529 to learn more about your rights, the type of cerebral palsy your child suffers from, how to file a claim, and what steps to take to ensure a safe and secure future for yourself and your family. Statutes of limitations apply to cases of medical negligence, so we must be able to collect the evidence needed to build a case and file on your behalf on time. Call now for a private, no-obligation consultation with an expert at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529.