When another person’s actions, or lack thereof, directly impact the health of your baby, you have every right to seek justice on your child’s behalf. Ass distasteful as it is to think about the possibility of our own children suffering serious birth injuries, this becomes the terrible reality for countless families across the U.S. each day. Most people never think they will be the ones to deal with the aftermath of a birth injury until it happens to them. All it takes is one overlooked symptom, a mishandled piece of medical equipment, or a careless medical judgment and your child could face serious, life-altering consequences.
If your child suffered a serious birth injury either before, during, or immediately after birth, they could have developed cerebral palsy as a result. Cerebral palsy is a common disorder that affects a person’s brain and motor skills and usually leads to any number of movement problems. Because there is no cure for cerebral palsy, the treatment can be extensive and costly. If you think you have a birth injury case, our firm is here to help.
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About Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy is a brain disorder that results in a variety of motor deficiencies. Although cerebral palsy is a disorder, it is often caused by injuries to the head. According to the American Pregnancy Association, about 70% of all cerebral palsy cases occur because of injuries that occur prior to the birth, such as infection, asphyxia during labor, or blood disease. However, most of the remaining cases of cerebral palsy occur due to some type of birth injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report almost 90% of all cases of cerebral palsy being “congenital,” which means they occur because of problems before or during birth.
Cerebral palsy can develop as the result of the following birth complications:
- Premature birth
- Low birthweight
- Placenta detachment
- Uterine rupture
- Lack of oxygen supply to the baby
In some cases, birth complications can occur because a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional fails to observe proper medical protocol or exhibits a substandard level of care. For example, if a mother shows signs of serious distress and her baby is no longer receiving the amount of oxygen he needs, the doctor must do something to help address the problem and preserve the health of mother and baby. If, however, the doctor fails to act, the mother and baby could both suffer serious harm.
If you or your child suffered any of these complications during childbirth and your child developed cerebral palsy, you may have cause to file a birth injury lawsuit. Our experienced attorneys can analyze your situation and help determine whether or not you have a viable case.
In most cases, cerebral palsy develops before, during, or shortly after birth. Usually, babies do not develop cerebral palsy after they are a month old, though there are a few exceptional cases where this has occurred. That being said, cerebral palsy usually isn’t diagnosed until a child is around 2 or 3 years old.
Although the symptoms of cerebral palsy may vary depending on the specific strain of the disease, some common signs include:
- Lack of muscle tone
- Poor muscle control
- Abnormal reflex responses
- Limited coordination
- Spastic movements
- Poor communication due to spastic face muscles
- Difficulty eating or breathing due to poor face muscle control
Many children with cerebral palsy will also suffer other types of disabilities. If cerebral palsy was caused by a brain injury, it is very likely that other areas of the brain could be affected. For example, children with cerebral palsy often have learning disabilities, seizure disorders, vision problems, hearing and speech impediments, and mental delays.
What Type of Compensation Could I Receive?
Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals have an obligation to provide their patients with proper care. Unfortunately, if they fail to act, or make an improper decision while a baby’s health is on the line, they could directly or indirectly cause that child to develop cerebral palsy. If a child suffers a brain injury before, during, or shortly after birth, he or she could develop cerebral palsy and any other number of serious problems. If you find yourself facing a cerebral palsy diagnosis because of a doctor’s negligence, our firm is here to help.
If a hospital or healthcare professional acted negligently or erroneously and caused your child’s birth injury, you could be eligible to receive compensation for the resulting damages. Damages may include past, present, and future medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering.
Do you think you have a birth injury case? Contact Spohrer Dodd today to speak with our Jacksonville personal injury lawyers.