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Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury: When Is It Medical Malpractice?

Posted on April 27, 2017

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a disability that causes loss or reduction of muscle coordination and other disabilities.

What causes Cerebral palsy?

Cerebralpalsy.org states that “Cerebral palsy is a result of brain injury or brain malformation that occurs before, during, or immediately after birth while the infant’s brain is under development. But how a brain injury affects a child’s motor functioning and intellectual abilities is highly dependent on the nature of a brain injury, where the damage occurs, and how severe it is.”

Sadly, otherwise healthy children will suffer from this debilitating disability because of malpractice during their birth. Physicians that were negligent in their roles as caregivers during the birth may have caused the child to go without oxygen for an extended period injuring the brain during birth.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to prove that your physical was negligent. Hiring an experienced attorney to review the merits of your case will improve your chances to recover damages.

What to Look For

It can be difficult to identify cerebral palsy at a young age because of the nature of the symptoms. It may take several months before you suspect a problem. These symptoms can include:

  • Lack of muscle tone or baby’s inability to hold their weight when picked up
  • Failure to hold up their head while on their stomach or in a supported sitting position
  • Muscle spasms or feeling stiff
  • Poor muscle control
  • Feeding or swallowing difficulties
  • Preference to tendency to use one side of the body

When children get older, additional symptoms can include the delayed ability to walk or talk.

Contact A Respected Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you suspect that an instance of medical malpractice during childbirth injured your child, you should contact an attorney who may be able to recover damages. Medical bills, therapies, pain and suffering, and ongoing care expenses are something that families have to deal with when their child has a disability such as cerebral palsy. The attorneys at Charles Bryan Alred, PC are available for a free consultation to discuss your case and how to proceed. Contact us via our online form or call 918-745-9960.