Cerebral palsy is a medical condition resulting from brain damage that happens before, during, or shortly after birth. This disorder is an extremely tragic occurrence, as children struggle their entire lives to deal with the devastating outcomes of this condition. One cause of cerebral palsy is an injury sustained at birth.
The attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. believe in providing the personal attention that our clients need not just to get settlements and win cases, but to put their lives back together after something as traumatic giving birth to a child with cerebral palsy.
About Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is characterized by diverse conditions that cause different levels of motor skill impairment and mental dysfunction. Children often have difficulty with simple, daily tasks like moving and hearing because of damage to their nerves, tendons, muscles and bones.
Effects of cerebral palsy include:
- Involuntary movements: abnormal muscle control can result in involuntary or slow movements. This can lead to uncontrollable movements of the extremities and difficulty balancing.
- Speech problems: those who have cerebral palsy often find it challenging to control the muscles in their mouth and tongue. Aside from impacting your speech, this side effect can create difficulty swallowing and problems eating.
- Seizures: this side effect is one of the more potentially dangerous conditions associated with cerebral palsy. Seizures can occur early on, or later in your child’s life.
- Learning disabilities: leaning to do certain tasks such as reading and writing can be difficult for those suffering from cerebral palsy. Victims of this disorder are at a greater risk of having learning and developmental difficulties.
While the effects of cerebral palsy cannot be reversed, they can often be effectively controlled with medication, therapy, and even surgery. However, for many sufferers, cerebral palsy can lead to a diminished quality of life, and long-term, even life-long treatment.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy in Infants
If your child suffers from cerebral palsy, it is important to know that many cases of cerebral palsy are preventable. The common causes of this type of birth injury include:
- Premature birth
- Low birth weight
- Oxygen deprivation (asphyxia) before, during, or shortly after birth (often the result of constriction, choking, or near-drowning)
- Intrauterine exposure to drugs or alcohol
- Hemorrhaging in your child's brain
- A mother’s infection or illness (such as rubella, toxoplasmosis or a bacterial infection)
- A fall, knock, or motor vehicle accident after birth
- A disease like meningitis or encephalitis following birth
Many preventable causes of cerebral palsy may be considered medical malpractice and may entitle you to compensation to help you care for your child's special needs due to the birth injury.
Early Warning Signs of Cerebral Palsy
The early warning signs of this condition are typically apparent by the time your child is 18 months old. One indication is delayed development, such as difficulty sucking, swallowing, rolling over and crawling. Abnormal muscle tone is another indicator. This can include unusual posture or make your infant seem too relaxed, or cause them to favor one side of their body.
The birth injury attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. can help you win the compensation your family deserves for your child’s birth injury. Your first call to us will not cost you a penny, because we offer free consultations. If you live in the Chicago area, please contact our law firm to learn more. We never charge unless we win your case.
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