No-doubt it is the most excited moment in your life when you are becoming a father or mother for the first time. Surely, you want to see your first child safe and sound. Sometime this precious moment of your life may destroy if your child gets a birth injury. Certainly, it is very painful for you and your family. Any of birth injuries can be caused by a medical problem or mistake by a mother or a medical doctor. A physician can cause such type of mistake due to inexperience or inattention. If your newborn baby gets an injury at the time of birth, then you have a right to make a claim against that form responsible party.

A birth injury may leave several critical impacts on the life of your baby. It may damage your baby physically as well as mentally. A birth injury may of several types with different symptoms having different dangerous outcomes in the future life of your baby. One of the most dangerous is Cerebral Palsy that can cause physical disability to your baby.

Cerebral Palsy is a medical condition marked by impaired muscle coordination (spastic paralysis) and/or other disabilities, typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth. It is the combination of two words Cerebral and Palsy; the first word Cerebral (means related to the brain or cerebrum) refers to the area in the brain that is affected, and the Palsy means complete or partial muscle paralysis, recurrently accompanied by loss of sensation and irrepressible body engagements or tremors or shudder. It is a sunshade expression that refers to a group of disorders upsetting a person’s ability to shift or move.

Symptoms and Signs:-

A child affected by Cerebral Palsy usually shows its symptoms and signs during the first 2-3 years of his life. It has several symptoms and signs some of them are given below:

  • Affected does not crawl in usual way and having abnormal muscle tone
  • Limited movements and hearing problems
  • Faces difficulty in feeding and sucking
  • Fails to focus on objects and having involuntary, slow writing movements
  • Developmental problems (over development or underdevelopment of muscles)
  • Lack of voluntary coordination of muscle movements
  • Hearing, speaking and eyesight problems
  • Favors one side of the body over the other side, and many others…

Main Types:-

Cerebral palsy may in different forms/types. The major 3 types are given below:

  • Spastic Cerebral Palsy: Usually the affected baby has increased reflexes, increased muscle tone, tight muscles, and joint contractures.
  • Athetoid Cerebral Palsy: The patient suffers an ever changing level of muscle tone. As a result, children with athetoid cerebral palsy suffer a constant succession of slow, writhing, involuntary movements.
  • Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: Affected children have low muscle tone and often suffer an impaired ability to coordinate voluntary muscular movements and, as a result, generally have balance problems and suffer tremors etc.

Major Causes:-

The major Causes of Cerebral palsy are as fallow:-

  • Infection or injuries to the brain
  • Problem with blood flow to the brain
  • Infections during pregnancy
  • Severe jaundice in the infant
  • The physical and metabolic trauma of being born
  • Brain damage during or after the birth of the baby
  • Abnormal development of baby’s brain
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Maternal infections and lack of oxygen
  • Infected instruments used by the labor during the pregnancy
  • Stroke during the birthing process

Precautions:-

Care and full attention regarding all the facts is important to keep away your baby from any injury or trauma. By taking some precautionary measure by the both the sides, mothers during pregnancy and after the delivery and the doctors or during and after the delivery, it can be prevented. Some of The precautionary measures have to be taken are given below:

  • Avoid from smoking, drinking or taking illegal drugs while pregnant
  • Content with doctor if you face any infection during your pregnancy
  • Eat balance diet during pregnancy, take folic acid prior to pregnancy
  • Avoid exposure to harmful substances such as radiation and asbestos
  • Keep your all vaccinations are up-to-date
  • Go to all her antenatal appointments regularly
  • Get an appointment from an experienced doctor having all the accessories or equipments
  • Doctor have to make the availability of clean equipments free from any infection
  • Physician have to pay proper attention on delivery case

It is not curable, but it doesn’t get worse. The plan of action is based on the needs and circumstance of the patient. It can be managed by: medications, speech therapy, hearing aids, orthotic devices, surgery, occupational therapy, physical therapy, eyeglasses or eye surgery.

You Can Make A Claim:-

A gynecologists and obstetricians, midwives, nurses, hospitals or anesthesiologists may responsible for the injury. You can make a claim against the liable party because the law gives you the right to be fully and fairly compensated for all your losses, including funds to cover your child’s medical care. For this purpose you have to hire an attorney with extensive experience to get help in making a claim cerebral palsy and other birth injuries. You can find a birth injury attorney online or may get help from your personal attorney to find the right one with the best experience and practice.

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