Alabama Cerebral Palsy Birth Injuries
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Brain injuries at birth can negatively impact a newborn’s life due to the various conditions associated with this kind of trauma. Cerebral palsy is a developmental condition which usually develops at or around the time of birth due to injury to certain parts of the brain, responsible for muscle coordination, movement and speech.
Children who grow up with cerebral palsy face a life of developmental and social difficulties. Difficulties that may have been avoided had a medical professional done the right thing during a mother’s pregnancy and her subsequent delivery.
If you have a child who developed cerebral palsy, and you believe medical malpractice played a role, please contact a qualified cerebral palsy lawyer today.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is thought to affect an average of 1 in 300 newborn babies. This is a high number given the fact that it is easily prevented. Cerebral palsy usually shows up immediately after birth in different ways – such as a baby not being able to hold its head up, flaccid and non-responsive limbs, etc.
As the weeks and months go by, other signs and symptoms may become apparent. These include:
- A stiff-looking and feeling child; his or her limbs and fingers may look retracted and unmovable.
- The child may look as if they are overextending or craning their neck when you hold them close to you.
- The child’s legs might cross in a scissor fashion.
- At the 6th month, a child with CP may still fail to roll over in either direction.
- The child may keep its hand rolled up in a fist.
- The child may not be able to crawl.
- The child may also have a problem standing unless given support.
- A classic sign of cerebral palsy is the child not reaching developmental milestones in the same period as other children.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
There are various forms of cerebral palsy, and each has its own characteristics:
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy: This usually presents itself with increased muscle tone, leading to rigid posture and an inability to coordinate movement. The child may ball up their hands in a fist fashion, and their legs may be stiff and straight. This is a painful condition that can lead to permanent contractures which further limits movement.
- Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy: This can be seen as involuntary muscle movements in areas such as the limbs and face.
- Dystonic Cerebral Palsy: This is a type of cerebral palsy that presents itself with slow movements, abnormal posture, and rigid muscles.
- Choreoathetoid Cerebral Palsy: This type of cerebral palsy can be identified through abnormal and uncontrolled movements as well as decreased or variable muscle tone and an inability to voice words out properly, problems swallowing and constant involuntary movements that may be compared to constant exercising.
- And the list goes on…
In addition, the severity of the condition usually depends on the amount of trauma the baby’s brain was subjected to at birth. For the most part, cerebral palsy is irreversible. That being said, extensive physical therapy for the better part of your child’s life can go a long way in ensuring that they will have a chance at a happy and normal life.
Get Legal Help Today!
Cerebral palsy cases fall under medical malpractice and personal injury law. For your best chance at a successful recovery for your child, you need to partner with a good cerebral palsy attorney who has extensive experience in handling cerebral palsy cases all over the country. By doing so, you may seek sufficient compensation to help you pay for the care of your child for the rest of their life. Have questions? Call us today at 1-855-833-3707 for a 100% free consultation and case evaluation to see how best we can help you.
Remember, we never get paid a dime unless we win your case. We’re on the same side here, and we’re working toward a common goal; collecting the compensation your child needs and deserves for a lifetime of care.
More Information: Alabama Cerebral Palsy Resources