Indiana Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injury Legal Help

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Cerebral palsy is not a singular condition, but rather a series of conditions that affect the body’s movements due to damage to the brain occurring before, during, or after birth. It comes with varying degrees of disability—from mild to severe. The cause may be related to medical malpractice birth injury, and for those cases, it is important to enlist the services of an experienced cerebral palsy birth injury lawyer who has had extensive experience litigating medical malpractice cases involving cerebral palsy and birth injuries.

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Recognition and Development

Cerebral palsy is non-progressive which means it will not become worse as the child gets older. This doesn’t mean the symptoms will not change over time—sometimes they will get better and sometimes they will get worse. Cerebral palsy birth injuries create more chronic childhood disabilities than any other condition.

Every year approximately 10,000 infants are born in the United States and as many as 1,500 preschoolers are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Estimates from the United Cerebral Palsy Association indicate more than 764,000 Americans suffer from cerebral palsy birth injuries.

As if the presence of one condition is not enough for parents to endure, somewhere between 35-50 percent of all children who have cerebral palsy birth injury also suffer from a seizure disorder and some degree of intellectual disability. There may also be learning disabilities along with vision, hearing, speech, and language problems.

Causes Of Cerebral Palsy From Birth Injury

There are still many things we don’t know about the causes of cerebral palsy, but most theories support the premise that some factors are common in babies who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, such as:

  • Infections during pregnancy
  • Poor oxygen supply to the brain before, during, and right after the birth of the baby
  • Serious illnesses during the early years of the baby’s life (e.g. meningitis)
  • Traumatic physical injuries
  • Severe dehydration
  • Other birth injuries

If a brain injury occurs during the baby’s development in the womb, it is likely to cause cerebral palsy. This condition may remain unnoticed for months after birth but is usually diagnosed within the first few years of life. Brain injuries are the cause of cerebral palsy in approximately 70 percent of cases, while another 20 percent are caused by a brain injury that occurred during the delivery process resulting in birth injury.

Risk Factors

United Cerebral Palsy reported that approximately 10 percent of children who have cerebral palsy develop the condition after their birth injury. This means that brain damage occurs during the baby’s first months or years of his or her life. Some of the more common risk factors that may contribute to the likelihood of developing cerebral palsy at a later date include:

  • Breech births
  • Problems with the vascular or respiratory systems during the infant’s birth
  • Birth defects of a physical nature
  • Low Apgar score ten to twenty minutes after the birth of the baby
  • Birth weight below 5 pounds, 7-1/2 ounces, and premature birth
  • A baby that is part of multiple births
  • Malformation of the congenital nervous system
  • Development of seizures shortly after the baby is delivered

Mothers who experience bleeding or excessive protein in their urine late in pregnancy are at an increased risk of having a baby with cerebral palsy birth injuries. This is also true of mothers who suffer from thyroid problems.

If your child has developed cerebral palsy because of a medical birth injury mistake, you’ll want to speak to an experienced cerebral palsy birth injury lawyer. Call us today at 1-855-833-3707 for a free consultation, and discover the legal options that may be available to your family.