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Nov 23 2010Birth Injury, Medical Malpractice, Birth and Pregnancy
So far in our series on cerebral palsy, we’ve looked at the definitions of cerebral palsy and discussed some causes of the disorder. As we know, Cerebral Palsy is the umbrella term for a group of chronic muscle disorders. It is always caused by an injury or abnormality to the brain and the child suffers the injury before, during or shortly after birth. In many cases, the condition is the result of negligence on the part of medical professionals and this birth injury can be prevented.
Cerebral palsy symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the part of the brain and the size of the damaged area. It also depends on the parts of the body controlled by that area of the brain. Parents and doctors can usually recognize symptoms in the early days (weeks/months) of the child’s life, but it sometimes takes longer for them to appear. Remember, the brain damage that causes the condition will not change over time, so the symptoms will not worsen as the child ages.
Here are some signs that you may observe in the delivery room or shortly after birth that may suggest possible cerebral palsy:
It would be virtually impossible for a parent, on their own, to determine if medical negligence caused their child’s cerebral palsy or brain damage. Start the process of getting your birth injury legal questions answered by talking to one of our nurse case managers.
If you believe your child suffers from cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice, you may want to pursue a birth injury lawsuit to help you get justice and compensation for your child and your family.
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