Cerebral palsy can be caused by injury to the brain or abnormal development of the brain, usually before birth. Many of the signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy can be seen when the child is an infant or preschooler.

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Signs and Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy - was it caused by Medical Malpractice in the Hospital?

A child's cerebral palsy is often caused by an injury to the brain, for example due to lack of oxygen, during delivery just before birth or due to the abnormal development of the baby's brain before birth.

Sometimes cerebral palsy is caused by medical malpractice - because the residents and interns in the hospital didn't deliver the baby who is in fetal distress, or did not recognize the baby was in fetal distress, and didn't call the attending physician to evaluate the mom and baby, for example.  Or the supervising obstetrician or attending physician was called but did not come to the hospital to evaluate the mom and baby when that should have been done, or the hospital staff didn't call another attending physician when the first doctor did not, or could not, make it.  

Cerebral palsy can be a consequence of prematurity - caused by the baby being born prematurely when the hospital staff did not take steps to extend the pregnancy and allow the baby more time to develop.  Or when they did not recognize or test for signs and symptoms of infection, and treat an infection that caused the mom to deliver early.

There are a number of factors in a hospital setting that can lead to a baby's serious injury, including cerebral palsy, developmental delay and shoulder dystocia, and a number of patient safety rules hospitals need to follow to keep all patients (mother and baby) safe.

So it's hard to say whether what you experienced in the hospital led to your child's cerebral palsy or other serious injuries - that requires a thorough analysis - and we have an exclusive system we've developed to evaluate whether medical malpractice was the cause of a child's cerebral palsy.  It's highly individualized and depends on a number of factors involving you and your child.

But if you think your child was affected, here are some of the signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy, according to the Mayo Clinic:

Spasticity - stiff muscles and exaggerated reflexes

Rigidity - stiff muscles with normal reflexes

Ataxia - lack of muscle coordination

Delays in pushing up, sitting up and crawling

Difficulty walking

Difficulty sucking or eating

Speech delays

Other neurological problems can include seizures, vision and hearing problems and intellectual disabilities, cognitive disabilities and mental retardation.

Of course, there are many other signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy and sometimes it may effect only one side of the body and may only affect movement and not intellectual abilities.  And there may be other developmental delays the child has as well.

If you think your child's cerebral palsy or serious injury comes from medical malpractice in a DC hospital, Maryland or Virginia, you should investigate whether that happened and whether your child is entitled to damages for the harms and losses he has.  We can help with that, and it is as easy as a phone call or sending us a confidential email, telling us a little bit about your child by typing it in the form on the left.

But don't wait - when you're taking care of a child with cerebral palsy, the days are long but the years are short. And you need a plan for making sure your child is cared for in case anything happens to you. 

Plus, if we can, we want to get started helping your family today, just like we've helped so many others.  So just call us today at (202) 393 -3320 and talk to real person who actually wants to help you!

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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