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Did a birth injury cause your child’s cerebral palsy?

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2023 | Birth injury

If you are a parent of a child with cerebral palsy, you may have questions about how and why it occurred. Although there is no definite answer to this question, many medical professionals believe that birth injuries are a common cause of cerebral palsy in children. 

This article will discuss the symptoms of cerebral palsy and what parents should do if they believe their child has the condition.

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition that impairs muscle coordination and can result in physical disability. Since it affects the part of the brain that controls movement and posture, it can lead to difficulty with walking, balance, coordination, facial expressions and general control. The condition may be due to a number of different causes, including traumatic incidents during labor or delivery. 

Signs that your child may have cerebral palsy include:

  • Unusual delays in speech
  • Difficulties in meeting typical developmental milestones such as crawling or walking
  • Involuntary but repetitive movements like muscle spasms or tremors
  • Weakness in one side of the body or uneven muscle tone

If you recognize any of these signs in your child, then it’s essential to seek medical attention as soon as possible so that they can begin receiving appropriate treatment and support to help manage their condition.

If you believe a birth injury caused your child’s cerebral palsy, it is important to understand your legal rights and remedies. You may have the right to pursue financial compensation through a legal claim. Depending on the circumstances of the medical negligence or recklessness that led to the injury, you may be able to seek damages for pain, suffering, disability costs, rehabilitative therapy costs and more.