It is a condition that affects 1 in every 303 children. Every year, approximately 10,000 babies develop it. The cost to care for a child suffering from this disorder is roughly a half a million dollars.
What condition are we referring to? Cerebral palsy.
Medical experts define cerebral palsy as “a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by injury or abnormal development in the immature brain, most often before birth.” (Source: Mayoclinic.com) The symptoms of this life-changing condition tend to surface in infancy or during the preschool years.
Risk Factors Associated with Cerebral Palsy
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you may be blaming yourself and wondering if there was anything you could have done to prevent it. The reality is that it is not your fault.
There are certain situations that can lead to cerebral palsy, including the following:
- An infection: If your baby had an infection, it could have caused inflammation in the brain. Also, if you had an infection while pregnant, your child’s development could have been affected.
- Head trauma: Falls and car accidents can result in serious head injuries, ultimately leading to cerebral palsy.
- Asphyxia: A birth injury that restricted oxygen flow to the brain could have caused the disorder.
- Fetal stroke: According to Mayoclinic.com, a fetal stroke can result in “a disruption of blood supply to the developing brain.”
- Premature birth: Babies who are born before 37 weeks of gestation are at a higher risk of developing cerebral palsy.
- Breech delivery: The odds of cerebral palsy go up when the baby is delivered in breech position or feet first.
Cerebral Palsy From a Birth Injury
Some of the scenarios above are often caused by doctor’s negligence. If you believe your child developed cerebral palsy from a birth injury or other form of medical malpractice, you may be able to recover compensation. While there is no dollar amount that can reverse the damage that has been done, you may be able to receive compensation that would cover your child’s medical bills and other related-expenses.
For a free case evaluation or to get answers to your questions, contact an experienced Kentucky birth injury lawyer at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297. We have been representing families of injured children in Kentucky and Ohio for over 35 years.