Can cerebral palsy be treated?

Treating cerebral palsy is considered a complex process.  There is no standard or “cookie-cutter” method for treating cerebral palsy.  Instead, most healthcare providers will address treatment based on the individual symptoms and overall health of your child.  Most healthcare providers agree that the focus of cerebral palsy treatment plans is to maximize mobility, learning potential, independence, and overall quality of life.  Many children with cerebral palsy live relatively normal lives enjoying school, family, and social activities.

What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Depending on the cause and severity, the symptoms of cerebral palsy may vary. The most common symptoms include stiffness, tightness, or spastic movement of the arms or legs. In more severe cases, the child may have limited mobility in crawling or reaching, or may have difficulty lifting his or her head without support.

There are also intellectual symptoms related to cerebral palsy, such as missed cognitive milestones, below average IQ, and behavioral problems. Some children with cerebral palsy also experience developmental delays.

What kinds of situations lead to a birth injury lawsuit?

If a physician or other medical professional fails to adequately assess or respond to conditions during pregnancy or the labor and delivery process that lead to complications, they may be liable for medical negligence.

What are the most common types of birth injuries?

Common types of birth injuries include:

Cerebral palsy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), brachial plexus injury, Erb’s palsy, skull injuries, nerve damage, internal organ damage, cephalohematoma, Caput Succedaneum, brain bleed or hemorrhaging, spinal cord injuries, facial paralysis, and more.

What are common causes of birth injuries?

  1. Improper use of birth-assisting devices or tools, such as a vacuum or forceps.
  2. Pulling and/or twisting the infant improperly during the birthing process. This may lead to a broken bone or possibly even a Brachial Plexus injury.
  3. Failure to properly monitor the infant or the mother during the labor and delivery process, including failure to regularly monitor fetal heart rate.
  4. Administering the wrong amount or type of medication during pregnancy or labor and delivery.
  5. Failure to schedule and perform an emergency C-section
  6. Acceleration and stimulation during the birthing process

What is a birth injury?

A birth injury is damage to a child that is typically caused during the birthing process and may have resulted from negligence. In many instances, birth injuries can be completely preventable.