As a parent, your child’s birth is supposed to be a momentous event filled with anticipation and joy. But what if this joyful occasion is marred by a birth injury leading to cerebral palsy? The impact can overwhelm families as they grapple with the long-term implications. At Beam Legal Team, LLC, we understand the gravity of these situations and are committed to providing you with the information and support you need.
Often doctors, including pediatricians and pediatric neurologists, are reluctant to diagnose a child with Cerebral palsy and instead classify it as ADHD, Autism, or Behavioral Disorders. Knowing your rights and options is crucial if your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to a birth injury.
Causes and Risk Factors
Birth asphyxia, or lack of oxygen during birth, is one of the most common causes of cerebral palsy resulting from birth injuries. This condition occurs when a baby’s brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen during labor and delivery or after birth. It can cause serious damage to a newborn’s brain cells, leading to cerebral palsy.
Risk factors for birth asphyxia include complications with the umbilical cord, an abnormal fetal position, prolonged or difficult labor, and maternal health issues such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Impact and Long-Term Effects
The effect of birth asphyxia on a child’s development can be profound. Depending on the severity of the oxygen deprivation, a child with cerebral palsy may experience difficulties with movement, muscle tone, coordination, and cognitive functioning. They may also face speech, learning, and emotional and behavioral challenges.
The long-term effects can significantly impact a child’s quality of life and necessitate ongoing medical care, therapy, and support services.
Although modern medicine has yet to find a cure for cerebral palsy, we must not overlook the vast array of treatment options available today. These treatments are designed to manage the symptoms and significantly enhance the quality of life for a child with cerebral palsy.
The cornerstone of these interventions includes physical therapy, a proven method to enhance mobility and muscle strength. Occupational therapy is another powerful tool, tailored to improve the child’s ability to perform daily tasks independently. Speech therapy plays a crucial role in bolstering communication skills and swallowing abilities. Furthermore, advanced medications are now available to control seizures and manage muscle spasticity, reducing discomfort and enhancing overall well-being.
In some cases, surgical interventions may also be considered to alleviate pain and improve mobility.
If your child has cerebral palsy due to a birth injury, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, therapy costs, and future care needs. Beam Legal Team, LLC is well-versed in medical negligence cases and can help you navigate the complex legal landscape.
At Beam Legal Team, LLC, we hold the unwavering conviction that each child has the inherent right to a life brimming with opportunities and fulfillment. We stand resolute in our mission to ensure justice is served by holding those who act negligently to account for their actions. We employ our vast expertise in medical negligence to champion the rights of these children, relentlessly pursuing the accountability of those responsible. This is not merely our profession – our passion, commitment, and moral obligation.
Obstetrical or Neonatal malpractice by physicians, nurses, and midwives can cause birth injuries, contact Beam Legal Team, LLC. We will work tirelessly to ensure your family receives the justice it deserves.