Cerebral palsy is a congenital disorder that affects muscle tone, posture, and movement. The symptoms of cerebral palsy (see more below) typically begin appearing when a baby or young child fails to meet standard developmental markers. Sadly, many cases of cerebral palsy are the result of medical negligence. This occurs when an infant does not receive enough oxygen during labor/delivery and doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals fail to properly monitor or address oxygen levels.
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy after a difficult pregnancy, labor, or delivery, it is possible that medical malpractice played a role in his or her condition. Contact Grewal Law PLLC to discuss your situation with an experienced cerebral palsy attorney in Okemos, Northville and Grand Rpaids. With three office locations, we proudly serve clients throughout the state of Michigan.
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How Negligence Can Lead to Cerebral Palsy
There are several ways in which an individual can develop cerebral palsy. Essentially, this condition occurs due to a lack of oxygen in the brain for a prolonged period of time. A brain injury sustained in a car wreck, slip and fall, or another type of accident can lead to cerebral palsy. However, the most common cause of cerebral palsy is lack of oxygen during birth. In many cases, this occurs due to medical negligence.
Your child’s cerebral palsy may have been caused by medical negligence if a doctor, nurse, midwife, or other medical professional failed to do any of the following:
- Properly monitor the development of the fetus
- Provide adequate prenatal care
- Conduct tests to rule out potential developmental complications
- Monitor your child’s oxygen levels during delivery/birth
- Treat complications during fetal development and/or delivery
- Prevent treatable conditions that can lead to delivery and birth complications
If you believe your child’s cerebral palsy is a result of any of these or another act of medical negligence, reach out to our Michigan personal injury lawyers as soon as possible. We offer compassionate, personalized legal guidance and dedicated representation tailored to the unique needs of your family.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
As previously mentioned, the symptoms of cerebral palsy may be unnoticeable until your child begins missing developmental benchmarks. This is because infants and young babies do not begin to develop fine motor skills until about four to six months after birth.
Some common symptoms of cerebral palsy include:
- Inability to grasp objects
- Poor posture or appearing “slumped” over
- Unusual stiffness or floppiness
- Poor muscle coordination
- Issues with eating and/or swallowing
- Failing to meet normal milestones (such as crawling, walking, etc.)
- Problems with vision, hearing, and incontinence
- Delays in speech
- Favoring one side of the body
- Involuntary movements, including writhing movements
If you notice any symptoms of cerebral palsy in your child, make sure to see a medical professional for an official diagnosis. Next, reach out to our firm to learn more about your legal options. Depending on the specific circumstances involved in your situation, you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses related to your child’s condition, as well as compensation for pain and suffering, loss of life quality, and more.
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