Diagnosing Cerebral Palsy
While birth injuries that result in cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice are not very common, that fact that cerebral palsy does result from a physician’s negligence or medical mistakes can be unnerving. This is especially true if your child is one of the children in that small percentage that is affected by cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice. Parents in Maryland and Washington D.C. should be aware that approximately 10,000 babies each year develop cerebral palsy, which can necessitate a lifetime of care and specialized medical treatment and educational services. Parents may become concerned if their son or daughter do not meet normal developmental milestones and decide to have their child examined. While children are not usually diagnosed with cerebral palsy until 2-3 years of age, there are some signs for which parents should be on the lookout that could indicate a future diagnosis of cerebral palsy.
From 2 months to 12 months of age, children change rapidly. They learn new skills each day as they grow and become familiar with the world around them. However, some children may have difficulty using one side of their body, they may not be able to control the head, or they may not be able to crawl or walk. Cerebral palsy affects the child’s ability to control his or her movements and can affect the child’s balance and posture as well. Cerebral palsy can be caused by premature birth, infections suffered by the mother while pregnant, the fetus not getting enough oxygen, and severe jaundice. Most of these causes of cerebral palsy are out of the doctor’s control and just occur during the normal course of gestation and labor and delivery. However, if before, during, or after labor an emergency arises in which the doctor does not act in an appropriate or timely manner and a birth injury occurs, the resulting cerebral palsy can be attributed to medical malpractice.
Parents in Maryland and Washington D.C. that need help determining whether their child’s cerebral palsy may be the result of medical malpractice should contact a law firm with qualified and experienced attorneys. Robinson and Associates is a law firm that has years of experience with medical malpractice claims involving cerebral palsy resulting fro medical malpractice. Our firm offers free, no obligation consultations to those in need of legal guidance.