Among the devastating birth injuries that may happen to an infant, brain injuries may be the most dangerous and have the longest-lasting effects. Brain injuries can occur for a variety of reasons both during the pregnancy and in the delivery room and come in all shapes and sizes. Cerebral palsy is one extremely unfortunate example of a brain injury to a newborn. Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects parts of the brain responsible for muscle function. It is a neurological problem that often stems from complications early on in life and often in the womb because of the brain being damaged.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Some children acquire cerebral palsy because of medical negligence during pregnancy or around the time of birth. During pregnancy, the fetus’s brain may be damaged due to an infection or a lack of oxygen reaching the brain during crucial points of growth. Additionally, difficulties during or after birth that may cause a lack of oxygen or head trauma can result in the child acquiring cerebral palsy.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy in Newborns
Children with cerebral palsy exhibit a variety of symptoms including inadequate or decreased muscle tone, issues with coordination and motor functions, problems with reflexes, and tremors or seizures. Additionally, children may experience difficulty with tasks like breathing, swallowing, language, and speech. Children with cerebral palsy do not develop as quickly as healthy children. Those with cerebral palsy will experience delayed developmental milestones such as sitting, standing, crawling, and walking. In some cases, symptoms may not be present until up to age three, but usually evidence of cerebral palsy is present early on in the child’s life, as children are usually born with it.
Although there is no cure for cerebral palsy, certain treatments may help improve muscle function and help minimize the impact of symptoms. Certain physical therapy or speech therapy regimens may help but there is no cure. Surgery is one extreme solution that can relieve some of the severe abnormalities of the extremities. Children may need to use devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, and speech and hearing aids, among others. In any case, the earlier the cerebral palsy is addressed, the more likely the success of treatment.
Negligence or medical malpractice may be the cause of the child’s cerebral palsy. If you believe that you or a loved one have suffered from the carelessness of those in the medical profession (doctors/nurses), which caused your child’s cerebral palsy, call for a free consultation from Thurswell Law today. We are an experienced family of attorneys who have the know-how to get you the justice you deserve. You can be sure that working with our firm will give you the best chance at getting full monetary compensation. There are no fees unless you collect. Call (248) 354-2222 today to get your free consultation.