Birth injuries can be responsible for a number of ramifications. As a victim, there is no telling the length of harm that can result. One of the unfortunate outcomes that are dealt with by many younger children is known as cerebral palsy (CP). In fact, it is known to be the most prevalent motor disability that occurs amongst children. Estimations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that around 1 out of every 303 children born within the country, have a form of CP. This can be caused by a number of forces, including a birth injury. Not all cases have a cause that is clear, but some common ones include issues during the prenatal period, hypoxia of the brain, asphyxia and trauma during the birth.
In the past it has been thought that the main cause was a lack of oxygen, but more recent research has made it appear that this is a smaller number of cases than originally believed. Some studies have shown that an infection of the pregnant mother may be the most common cause and this increases the risk of toxicity to the child's brain if the infection is not detected and treated. This issue is more often seen in multiple birth cases. Premature babies are also more susceptible to suffering CP. Speak with a Plantation personal injury lawyer if your child has been the victim of medical malpractice and suffered cerebral palsy as an outcome.
What is cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy is more than just one issue; it is actually a name used to refer to a group of disorders. These are in regards to a person's physical aptitudes and their capability of keeping balance and moving. The name gives the answer itself. Cerebral has to do with things regarding the brain, while palsy is referring to a weakness or difficulty controlling muscles. It can come in different stages, and those with mild CP can demonstrate significantly different impairments than an individual with a more severe case. Some are left having trouble walking, while others may be too disabled to walk at all. It can be sustained during pregnancy, birth or within the first year while the child continues to grow and develop.
Detecting Signs of CP
In a newborn, there are signs that can be observed that may help to recognize if a child is suffering from CP. Early detection is best so that medical care can be sought. Some things to look for in a child that is below the age of six months include if they are floppy and unable to hold themselves up, if they become stiff or cross their legs when they are picked up, if they are stiff in general or if their head drags when they are picked up after lying on their back. For a child that is over the age of six months, some signs include trouble taking their hands to their mouth, rolling over, bringing their hands together or they only reach out with one hand and keep the other one in a fist. When a child is more than 10 months old, they may scoot around or hop, but are not as likely to crawl, or they may crawl lopsided.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
There are a few types of this illness that can result. The most common type is known as spastic cerebral palsy and around 80 percent of victims have this form. Those with this type will have greater muscle tone causing them to be more rigid and convulsive. Depending on the part of the body where the damage occurs, it may be referred to as quadriplegia/quadriparesis, hemiplegia/hemiparesis and diplegia/diparesis. Ataxic CP is another type that is characterized by trouble with coordination and balance. They can face issues with quicker movements or balancing when they walk. Those with dyskinetic CP will experience trouble controlling their movements which may be quick and spastic or slower. Much of this will be noted in the legs, feet, arms and hands, but effects can also be found in the facial region. Other victims will have more than one of these types and this is known as mixed cerebral palsy.
The main issue that will arise from a case of CP is problems with posture and moving. These are not the only effects that can be faced however. Some may experience seizures, joint issues, spine trouble, intellectual impairment or problems speaking, hearing or seeing. The condition will not worsen the older the child becomes, but the symptoms can change over the years. It cannot be cured, but there are medical advancements that can be used to aid many of the ramifications. There are many medical costs that can result and a family may be left dealing with a high cost on top of the harm they have already had to deal with. In some situations, it can be an error on the part of medical workers that was to blame and the disorder could have been preventable or less severe. In these situations it may be necessary for a case to be taken out. This can be as a means to seek justice and gain compensation for the numerous expenses and suffering that have resulted. At the Law Offices of Jason T. Corsover, we are devoted to the area of personal injury and make it our interest to find out clients relief in these difficult circumstances. Contact our office today and learn more about what we may be able to do to seek damages.