Our Michigan birth injury attorneys often take cases brought to them by devastated parents. Parents who did not choose the right doctor to deliver their baby. Cerebral Palsy is a brain injury that results during pregnancy or after the baby is born. There are multiple influences that make it probable a baby will be diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Diagnosing Cerebral Palsy
Children are often diagnosed with cerebral palsy when they do not meet their physical or behavioral developmental milestones. The diagnosis of cerebral palsy is usually made by a parent or pediatrician. Children with cerebral palsy may also show signs of muscle tone or reflex problems.
Early Signs of Cerebral Palsy
Early signs of cerebral palsy might be a baby who:
- still has poor head control after he is two months old
- always reaches with just one hand after he is six months old, keeping the other in a fist
- can’t crawl or stand with support by his first birthday
In addition to a physical exam, tests that are sometimes helpful when evaluating a child for cerebral palsy include a computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the child’s brain. Other tests may also be done if a genetic, metabolic, or infectious cause of cerebral palsy is suspected.
An evaluation by a pediatric neurologist and developmental pediatrician can also be helpful when a child is thought to have cerebral palsy.
Treatments For Cerebral Palsy
Although there is no cure for cerebral palsy, treatments usually include:
- physical therapy
- occupational therapy
- speech therapy
- medications, which can sometimes help more severe symptoms, such as muscle spasticity (baclofen, Botox), seizures, and even drooling (Robinul).
- surgery on stiff tendons or joints
In addition to therapy, children with moderate or severe cerebral palsy might need assistive devices to get around, such as orthodontics, a walker, or a wheelchair. Other types of assistive technology can also help kids with severe cerebral palsy communicate (high-tech communication devices) and perform daily tasks.
In cases where a doctor, nurse, or hospital commits medical errors that cause cerebral palsy or other injuries to a newborn, there may be recourse for the child and the family. In many cases, the child will have specialized living needs, require special education, and have other medical and supervision needs over his or her lifetime. When the injuries were due to medical malpractice or negligence, the family and child can pursue compensation through an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.
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We will represent you in your Michigan birth injury case under our No FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact a Michigan Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Individuals injured by a cerebral palsy medical malpractice should contact one of our Michigan cerebral palsy medical malpractice attorneys. Call us now at (800) 606-1717.