Cerebral palsy is a serious medical disorder that is caused by brain injury or brain abnormalities that occur before, during, or soon after the birth of a child. The symptoms that your child exhibits as a result of cerebral palsy will depend on the nature of his or her injuries, but it can affect how the child walks, talks, learns, and controls his or her limbs. It can even affect his or her vision and hearing.
If your child or another loved one suffers from or has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, give us a call. We will help you 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. At the Birth Injury Lawyers Group, we specialize in helping families deal with cerebral palsy. Contact us today for a free case evaluation by calling (800) 222-9529.
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The Causes and Effects of Cerebral Palsy
The symptoms and effects of cerebral palsy depend on the type of injury sustained, the extent of the injury, and when the injury occurred to the developing brain. It can affect a child’s muscle control and coordination, reflexes, posture, balance, and ability to walk. It can also affect fine motor skills, vision, and hearing.
Brain damage leading to cerebral palsy is usually a result of one or more of the following:
- Trauma/impact, infections, and low oxygen levels can cause damage to the various connections and synapses in the brain.
- Events during birth that rupture specific blood vessels or prevent oxygen from reaching the brain of the baby.
- Genetic or environmental factors that disturb the migration of brain cells as they move to their proper places while the brain is developing.
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When an expectant mother goes into labor, the delivery team must be on alert for many different things. 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, and doing that involves measuring everything from the mother’s blood oxygen levels and her blood pressure to amniotic fluid levels and the position of the child in the womb.
In the event of a birth complication, delivery doctors and nurses may be forced to resort to emergency measures to quickly deliver the baby. This can happen if, for example, the baby is not in the right position for delivery, or if the mother does not dilate enough or quickly enough.
At all times, whether during an emergency procedure or normal, complication-free birth, the following holds true:
- 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.
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. 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.
How We Can Help
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. However, 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, but at the same time, you should not have to bear the burden of your child’s treatment on your own, especially if it was 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.
This is how we can help. We understand the intricacies that come into play in 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 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.
- The pain and suffering you and your child undergo as a result of cerebral palsy caused by negligence.
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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. We will help you learn more about your rights, how to file a claim, and what steps to take to ensure a safe and secure future for yourself and your family. Keep in mind that various 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 and connect with a dedicated legal professional who will handle your case on your behalf.