Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a disability condition that affects a child’s brain at birth. The cases of cerebral palsy are unknown but what is known is that the children that are at risk for developing Cerebral Palsythis disability are those that show no signs of crying at birth shortly after delivery or experience blood flow to the brain.

There are 3 different types of cerebral palsy: Spastic, Athetoid, Ataxic, and Mixed. Children who suffer from this disability experience muscle tone complications due to the fact that cerebral palsy brings damage to the portion of the brain which controls muscle tone. Approximately 2 out of 1000 children in the United States are born with cerebral palsy. It is considered a developmental lifelong disability. Many of these cases are usually a result of medical malpractice during the time of delivery. For instance, if a child is left in the birth canal for a long period of time, lack of oxygen can result in the child’s brain damage. Other medical mistakes which can occur that may result in cerebral palsy include: improper forceps use, failure to diagnose jaundice and meningitis, and failure to treat seizures after the delivery. It is the responsibility of the doctor to take care of the mother of the unborn baby by offering safe care and paying close attention of the events that proceed before, during, and after birth.

If the doctor or a nurse doesn’t provide the attention to avoid this medical mistake, the newborn can get brain damage. If you believe that a medical error has been made, you should get in touch with a lawyer and discuss your concerns.

There are several treatment options available for children with cerebral palsy that include: Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapy. There are also drug therapies and surgery procedures that are available to help treat this unfortunate disability.

There is no cure for cerebral palsy, however therapy can improve a child’s quality of life to help control muscle spasms, seizures, involuntary movement, speech, hearing, and sight impairment (depending on the part of the brain that resulted in damage).


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