Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury
If you believe a medical mistake directly caused your child’s cerebral palsy, you have the legal right to seek justice and compensation. Birth injury is the cause of countless cerebral cases. Although they are highly trained professionals, doctors and hospital workers will sometimes make mistakes during the delivery process.
Here are a few examples of the medical mistakes that can be made during a child delivery that have resulted in children being born with cerebral palsy and other types of birth injuries:
- The child is left within the birth canal for too long, which results in a lack of oxygen supply to the brain
- The inability to recognize and properly treat seizures that follow a child’s delivery
- Failure to identify and address a prolapsed cord (the umbilical cord may cut off oxygen to a child’s brain by wrapping around the neck)
- Using forceps improperly and excessive vacuum extraction
- Failure to perform a cesarean section (or C-section) when fetal distress should arise
- Inability to respond to any changes that may occur in the fetal heart rate
- Failure to plan a cesarean section (an infant of high birth weight could potentially compromise typical, spontaneous vaginal delivery)
- Inability to respond to the mother’s conditions as they change (high blood pressure or toxemia)
- Failure to diagnose jaundice in a timely manner or employ proper treatment
What is Cerebral Palsy?
The term “cerebral palsy” (CP) describes a group of chronic conditions that can hinder or inhibit both the movements and motor skills of the body, as well as coordination of the muscles. Such condition may occur due to damage to specific areas of the brain that may happen during fetal development or infancy and may also occur at any point before, during, or after the birthing process. CP manifests within the first few years of the child’s life, and it should be noted that the symptoms do not progress over time. Damage to the areas of the brain that govern movement and posture are the cause of cerebral palsy. The ensuing damage causes permanent irregularities in the brain’s functioning, making it difficult for those with cerebral palsy to capably perform tasks that others would otherwise take for granted.
A person with cerebral palsy has suffered an injury of the brain and is unable to utilize certain muscles in their body in a normal fashion. Children with cerebral palsy may be inhibited from walking, talking, eating or playing.
What are the Symptoms?
Cerebral palsy symptoms vary between each individual. Examples of cerebral palsy symptoms include a lack of motor tasks (particularly those that require agility), lack of balance, spastic movements and speech impediments. Some CP patients may experience seizures and mental handicaps.
Research and Treatments
Although cerebral palsy has been studied extensively for over one hundred years, cerebral palsy is incurable. Research on the causes and treatment of cerebral palsy continues. Unfortunately, there is no standard therapy that effectively treats all patients. Through education, therapy and applied technology, treatment only addresses symptoms and helps those with cerebral palsy lead productive lives. An estimated 500,000 Americans suffer from cerebral palsy, and the rate of CP births has not slowed down (despite medicinal advances).
If you believe your child’s severe birth injuries were the direct result of medical malpractice, contact birth injury/cerebral palsy lawyers at Snyder & Snyder, serving Baltimore and DC area, today for a no charge legal consultation.