Realizing that your child has suffered from a birth injury is devastating and deserves representation by a cerebral palsy lawyer. Cerebral palsy is a class of neuromuscular disorders that occurs due to brain damage around the time of childbirth. This condition has no cure, but treatment and resources are available to improve and support your child’s quality of life. A cerebral palsy lawyer can help seek financial compensation for your child’s birth injury and secure the resources needed to ensure their quality of life is achieved
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is often the result of a brain injury at birth. While some of these brain injuries may be due to genetics or poor maternal health, many of them are preventable injuries that occur during or prior to childbirth. This type of birth injury deserves the support of a cerebral palsy lawyer.
A cerebral palsy lawyer can help determine what happened to cause your child’s cerebral palsy. Common brain injuries that result in cerebral palsy include:
- Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
- Intraventricular Hemorrhage (IVH)
- Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL)
Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy is a common birth injury seen by cerebral palsy lawyers. This birth injury is caused when the brain is deprived of oxygen and receives limited blood flow. While the effects of Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) can sometimes be prevented or minimized with therapeutic hypothermia, many times infants with this brain injury will develop permanent health problems, including cerebral palsy.
Risk factors that can lead to HIE include:
- Umbilical cord complications
- Mismanaged infections
- Improper fetal heart monitoring
- Delayed or failure to perform a C-section
Intraventricular Hemorrhage (IVH)
Also known as a brain bleed, an intraventricular hemorrhage is when bleeding occurs inside or around the ventricles of the brain. Most commonly this affects premature infants. An intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) can be classified in 4 grades based on the severity of the injury. Grades 1 – 2 typically present few long-term health risks. However, grade 3 – 4 hemorrhages are more severe and can cause pressure on the brain that results in clotting or blockages. Infants with more severe intraventricular hemorrhage may have lasting effects to their growth and development. We recommend contacting a cerebral palsy lawyer to see if a medical error may have been the cause of your child’s intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH).
Risk factors for intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) includes:
- Trauma that occurs during labor, such as head injuries or deprivation of oxygen
- Negligence with tools such as extractors and forceps
- Premature rupture of membranes
- Failure to diagnose and treat infections
- Umbilical cord problems
- Prolonged labor
Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL)
Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL) is a brain injury that is more common in premature, low birthweight infants. It affects the white matter around of the brain, and it is the second most common complication of the central nervous system for preemies. Babies with periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) have a higher risk of developing cerebral palsy and other developmental issues. The long-term outlook for infants with PVL depends on the severity of the injury and can range from minimal problems to severe delays and movement problems.
PVL occurs when blood flow around the ventricles of the fetus’ developing brain is interrupted is restricted.
Risk factors for PVL include:
- Failure to diagnose and treat maternal infections, such as chorioamnionitis
- Failure to diagnosis and treat fetal infections
- Failure to diagnose and treat infections after birth that lead to hypoxia
- Premature birth – a health care provider should take precautions to attempt to avoid a premature birth to reduce the risk of PVL
- Problems at birth that restrict oxygen flow to the infant’s brain
Cerebral Palsy Prognosis and Costs
Children with cerebral palsy can live long and fulfilled lives. To attain the best possible outcome, these children frequently require additional medical and social supports, such a therapies, medications, surgeries, specialized educational services, medical equipment, and assistive technology. A cerebral palsy lawyer can help families seek compensation for birth injuries to secure the medical care and supports their child needs to flourish.
Cerebral Palsy is a chronic condition that requires care over many years. Many children have other associated disorders in addition to cerebral palsy, such as hearing or vision impairments, seizures, or developmental delays. Treatments are available for many of these conditions, but often the cost is monumental to the family. Additionally, caring for a child with cerebral palsy may result in a parent being limited or unable to work as they did in the past.
The cost of raising a child with cerebral palsy are estimated to be over $920,000 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are variety of government programs are available to help offset some costs. Some families also choose to file a lawsuit for compensation when their child’s cerebral palsy was caused by medical error.
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