Maryland Cerebral Palsy Lawyers
Cerebral palsy and brachial palsy often arise as a result of complications during the delivery process. However, cerebral palsy may present itself before or after the delivery. Cerebral palsy occurring after delivery is not uncommon, but generally occurs within a short period of time – more commonly, immediately after birth.
Defining Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy itself is a very generic term that covers a wide number of conditions and/or disorders that affect the proper functioning of the brain and movement of the body. Cerebral palsy can arise as a result of brain injury while the baby is still in the womb, during delivery, or sometimes, after birth.
Common causes or situations that can lead to cerebral palsy during birth may include:
- Failure to acknowledge the need to maintain proper oxygen supply to the baby by the treating obstetrician or physician. This may arise with poor cesarean section treatment or unreasonable delay in treating the patient
- The use of harmful prescription drugs by the mother during pregnancy
- Prolonged internal bleeding in the brain after delivery, which may arise because of head trauma
- Extremely premature birth
The symptoms of this condition may take time to show up in children include (but are not limited to):
- Slow development – rolling over, smiling, crawling, talking, etc.
- Abnormal or deteriorating muscle tone
- Floppy limbs
- Poor coordination
- Unusual posture
- Involuntary movement
- Vision problems
- Hearing problems
Seeking Legal Help for Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy, brachial palsy, and other birth injuries are extremely difficult for parents to handle. What makes them complicated is that it becomes difficult to determine the cause of the damage. On top of that, determining whether you should seek compensation for the damages makes the process all the more demanding.
If your child is suffering from a brain injury, and you strongly suspect that it is because of negligence of the treating obstetrician or physician, you may want to seek legal compensation for the damages. It is advisable to seek the help of a professional and experienced medical malpractice attorney who can promptly review the facts of the situation.
Hiring the right attorney can help you decide whether to proceed with the case. At Altmark, Rotter & Trock, LLP, LLP, we maintain high standards in consultation, representation, and case management to ensure that you act with the best information at hand.
If your child or the child of a loved one is suffering from cerebral palsy or brachial palsy because of medical negligence, let the attorneys at Altmark, Rotter & Trock, LLP, LLP, take care of the proceedings. Please call us for a free consultation at (410) 783-9230, or toll-free outside of Baltimore at 1-(888) 966-5566.