Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects children. Cerebral palsy influences muscle tone, movement, and motor skills. While some cases of cerebral palsy are present at birth, there are too many instances where cerebral palsy is due to a doctor’s negligence – a medical mistake that causes an injury to the child’s brain and results in permanent injuries.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Symptoms of cerebral palsy become noticeable during the early stages of a child’s life and may include:
- Disparities in muscle tone
- Exaggerated reflexes
- Lack of muscle coordination
- Failing to meet motor skill milestones like sitting up or crawling
- Difficulty walking
- Extreme drooling
- Difficulty swallowing and eating
- Delay in speech development
- Difficulty when picking up objects like crayons or utensils
The signs and symptoms vary with every child. It is important to seek medical attention immediately for a child that is experiencing delays in development or any other cerebral palsy symptoms.
Mistakes that Cause Cerebral Palsy
Birth injuries, like cerebral palsy, can occur when doctors or medical professionals make mistakes. Medical mistakes that cause cerebral palsy include:
- Failing to provide enough oxygen to the baby at birth
- Misdiagnosing infections in the birth mother
- Failing to perform a Caesarian section in time
- Failing to respond to fetal distress
Parents who have a child that has suffered a birth injury resulting in cerebral palsy may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, long-term treatment and care, and additional expenses.
Source: Mayo Clinic, Cerebral Palsy.
For more information on legal claims related to this condition see our page on cerebral palsy.