Everyone looks forward to the day when they welcome a newborn baby into the word and can make a joyous announcement to family members and friends. New parents feel a spectrum of emotions from excitement, fear and love when picking up their newborn for the first time and imagining the journey and challenges ahead of them.
Unfortunately, this very special occasion can turn heartbreaking if your child suffers a birth injury as a result of medical malpractice during labor. Cerebral palsy is a birth injury which can be caused by negligence of medical doctors and nurses while the mother is in labor. Cerebral palsy can have a life altering impact on your child’s health and severely disrupt – or even ruin – a family’s finances.
Cerebral palsy is not always a result of medical malpractice. Some known causes of this chronic disorder include infections, birth injury and insufficient oxygen supply to the brain during, before or immediately after a child is born. If your child has cerebral palsy and you are unsure if the disorder was caused by improper medical care, birth injury lawyer Brent Wieand can help.
Brent Wieand is an experienced medical malpractice attorney in Philadelphia who has the training, knowledge and experience needed to investigate the cause of birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy. Upon retention as counsel, attorney Wieand will work with leading medical experts to carefully investigate and review the circumstances surrounding the birth of your child. If your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by neglectful or improper medical care, you are entitled to compensation for your losses under the law.
If you have questions and would like to speak with birth injury attorney Brent Wieand, call 1 (215) 666-7777 for a free legal consultation. Attorney Wieand is proud to represent clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He works on a contingency fee basis so you never pay costs or attorney’s fees unless he makes a recovery for you through a settlement or award.
About Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a common cause of disability in children. The disorder is caused by deprivation of oxygen, or damage, to the developing brain and it can impair a person’s control of muscle coordination and body movement. Currently, there is no cure for cerebral palsy; however, there are medical treatments and therapy which can help manage its effects on a person’s body.
The term “cerebral palsy” is a blanket phrase used to describe a group of long term palsies. Usually, the palsy develops before a child reaches the age of three. Although cerebral palsy causes long term affects on a person’s body, it does not progressively get worse throughout a person’s lifetime. Instead, the symptoms experienced are known to change over time, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cerebral palsy affects approximately approximately 1.5 – 4 persons in every 1,000 live births worldwide.
Cerebral palsy is commonly accompanied by a symptoms such as seizure disorder and a varying level mental retardation. People with cerebral palsy may also experience vision, speech, hearing, or language problems as well as learning disabilities.
Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy
If your child experiences developmental delays or a physician observes signs outside of growth norms it may indicate that your child has cerebral palsy. However, currently cerebral palsy can not be diagnosed through definitive scans or other types of instantaneous testing. Instead, a diagnosis of cerebral palsy is made over time by a child’s treating medical providers. The waiting period between when parents first suspect the disorder and an official diagnosis can be an emotional roller-coaster. During this time when cerebral palsy is first suspected, it is important for parents to follow their doctors instructions, keep all medical appointments and ensure their child gets appropriate testing.
Even prior to an official diagnosis, you should consult with a attorney knowledgeable of birth injuries if you suspect that a birth injury was the cause of developmental delays or failure to meet growth norms. A personal injury lawyer can advise you of your rights and take steps needed to protect your legal interests.
Contact Brent Wieand for Free Birth Injury Legal Consultation at 1 (215) 666-7777.
Disclaimer: This information is not legal advice. You should always consult a birth injury lawyer in your area if you have legal questions or concerns about a birth injury.