Medical Malpractice and Cerebral Palsy
For expectant parents, pregnancy is a time filled with hope and anticipation of planning and preparing for their little one to arrive. Amidst all the arrangements in terms of the nursery and baby supplies, there’s also the seemingly endless round of doctor visits. Early in your pregnancy, you may only see your doctor on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. As your pregnancy progresses, your visits with your obstetrician will become more frequent, as he or she monitors your baby’s development and position in the birth canal. These frequent visits are vitally necessary in order to make sure your baby is developing properly and getting all the blood and nutrients it needs in order to thrive outside the womb. Once you’re in labor, your doctor and hospital staff will monitor your progress in order to prevent and detect any potential problems. Problems with prenatal development and labor and delivery can have serious ramifications for your unborn baby and result in your child being born with cerebral palsy. Receiving the proper medical care and attention you need is crucial and nothing to take for granted. Arming yourself with the facts concerning cerebral palsy can help you and your child get the vitally important care and medical attention you both need.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in 300 children are born with cerebral palsy. This condition results from either a lack of normal development in the brain, as well as damage to the brain either before, during or immediately after birth. Symptoms of cerebral palsy include stiff muscles, uncontrolled movements, and lack of balance and coordination. In infants, this may manifest in any of the following ways:
- The baby’s head may lag when the child is picked up
- The baby’s body may feel stiff
- When being cradled, the baby’s body may over extend, and seem to be pulling away from you
- The baby’s legs may scissor or crisscross
- The baby may experience seizures
Cerebral palsy can vary in form from mild to severe. Children with mild forms of cerebral palsy may simply experience developmental delays and lack of coordination, while more severe cases may result in trouble walking or the inability to walk without some of aid, such as leg braces or motorized wheelchairs.
Contributing Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy results from disruptions in the development and functions of the brain, either during pregnancy, delivery, or labor, or as a result of injuries to the baby in the months after birth. According to the Mayo Clinic, factors that can lead to cerebral palsy include:
- Infections suffered by the mother during pregnancy
- Decreased blood supply to the fetus either during pregnancy or delivery
- Reduced oxygen to the brain during long or difficult labors
- Head injuries caused by forced extractions
- Infant infections acquired during or immediately after birth
Call an Experienced South Carolina Medical Malpractice Attorney
At Anastopoulo Law Firm we know how difficult it is to have a child born with developmental problems or delays. You want answers regarding what happened, and our experienced medical malpractice attorneys can help you get those answers. We’ll hold doctors and medical staff accountable for mistakes that have resulted in permanent injuries to your child, and get you the compensation you need to provide the medical care your baby needs. With offices in Charleston and throughout South Carolina, don’t delay; call Akim Anastopoulo today for a free review of your case.