Cerebral palsy disease is a term that is sometimes used for cerebral palsy, a group of brain injuries that affect movement or motor skills. Cerebral palsy disease occurs when there is damage to the motor areas of the brain before, during or shortly after birth. It impairs functions like movement, cognition, sight and possibly hearing. Cerebral palsy disease is often associated with: low levels of oxygen in the brain (hypoxia), prematurity, bleeding in the brain, brain infections, head injury, infections in the mother during pregnancy, and severe jaundice. In some cases, these causes could be the result of negligent medical care, or improper care by your doctor, midwife or nurse during the birth process.
Cerebral palsy disease can mean a lifetime of expensive care. While cerebral palsy cannot be cured, many of its symptoms can be treated. There are have been impressive advances in cerebral palsy care in recent years. Depending on how severe their symptoms are, many kids with cerebral palsy can go on to live healthy, comfortable and independent lives.
Possible Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy Disease
Some possible symptoms to watch for that may indicate cerebral palsy disease include:
- Developmental delays
- Muscle tightness or spasticity
- Muscle weakness sometimes described as “floppy”
- Lazy or cross eye (strabismus)
Sadly, birth injuries such as cerebral palsy disease are not rare. It is estimated that in the United States, as many as seven in 1,000 babies suffer harm during labor and delivery.
Birth Injury Lawsuit
If your child’s birth injury was caused by medical negligence, a birth injury lawsuit can help ease some of the financial burden of caring for a child with cerebral palsy disease. A lawsuit may also help prevent a similar situation from happening to another family.
Even if your child has not been diagnosed with cerebral palsy disease but you suspect it based on symptoms, call Sokolove Law today. Our nurse case managers are available to listen to your story and help you explore your options, which may include pursuing a birth injury lawsuit. There is no cost to you for us to represent you and your family in a birth injury lawsuit. Sokolove Law only gets paid if you receive money from your case.