Medical Mistakes and Cerebral Palsy

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Birth Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Each year, around 10,000 babies develop cerebral palsy, and unfortunately, thousands of these cases are a result of medical malpractice. When proper procedure is not followed, it can have permanent results for your child.

Cerebral Palsy is caused by a brain injury that occurs during brain development. It typically develops by the age of three and can have symptoms such as stiff or weak muscles mainly in the arms or legs, tremors, irregular twisting motions, or fragmented motor movements. Affected babies are often slow to learn to roll over, crawl, walk, or smile. Mistakes such as failure to recognize seizures, leaving the baby in the birth canal too long, or failure to treat the mothers changing conditions are medical mistakes that can cause babies to develop cerebral palsy. A few signs that can indicate your baby may be a victim of medical malpractice leading to cerebral palsy include:

  • Your baby required oxygen after birth
  • Your baby required CPR, a brain scan, or special care after birth
  • Your baby had seizures either immediately after birth or within 3-4 days of life

Brachial Plexus palsy is a common birth injury involving weakness arm, shoulder, or hand muscles. Most infants with brachial plexus palsy make a complete recovery, but some continue to suffer from arm weakness and require physical therapy or surgery. A brachial plexus injury can occur naturally, but there are some medically negligent events that can cause this injury during birth. These events include failure to perform an appropriate c-section, excessive stretching or manipulation of the neck or shoulders, or the use of forceps.

Treatment, therapy, and surgery can be draining, so it is important to contact a cerebral palsy lawyer if you believe your child is suffering from cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice.

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Types of Cerebral Palsy and its Possible Causes

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Birth Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders that influences one’s ability to move about and keep balance and posture. It is a result of abnormalities in that part of the brain that controls movement of the muscles. Contradictory to former medical diagnosis that cerebral palsy is due to oxygen deficiency in the brain during birth, more commonly called asphyxia, it was discovered that this disruption in the development of the brain can actually occur during the first 6 months of pregnancy due to:

  • Transformation in genes which control the development of the brain Infections in the mother which can affect the developing fetus
  • Fetal stroke which causes disruption in the supply of blood to the developing brain
  • Lack of oxygen to the brain during birth (asphyxia) related to difficult labor or delivery
  • Infections which can result to inflammation in or around the infant’s brain
  • Traumatic head injury to an infant due a fall, a motor vehicle accident or child abuse

Children suffering from cerebral palsy are usually born with the disease; it is only usually detected, though, before the child’s third year of age, the time when its signs and symptoms begin to appear.

This very common child disability, which affects children eight years old and below, has no known cure. Treating it early, however, may enable children to overcome developmental disabilities and allow them to learn ways by which to accomplish any tasks they may be faced with in the future. There are different treatments that will help children with cerebral palsy, like speech therapy, physical and occupational therapy, seizure-controlling drugs and many others.

There are about 760,000 people suffering from cerebral palsy in the US today and every year, around 8,000 more are added to their number. Among those affected, boys are greater in number, while the most common type that victims suffer from is spastic CP, which affects one or more limbs and the upper or lower part of the body, due to a lesion or cut in the brain. Other types of cerebral palsy include:

  • Ataxic – the least common among the types of cerebral palsy. It affects a person’s visual and auditory processing, balance and motor skills.
  • Athetoid or Dyskinetic – persons affected by this type of cerebral palsy experience difficulty walking and in keeping upright.
  • Mixed – the type of cerebral palsy that causes suffering from different cases of muscle impairment .

Medical professionals who have improperly performed medical procedures which might have caused a child’s cerebral palsy ought to be held liable for their medical negligence or carelessness. This is a serious condition that can have long term consequences on a victim’s life.

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