Did Your Child Suffer A Serious Birth Injury?
An estimated 10,000 children born in the United States will become affected by cerebral palsy sometime in their childhood every year according to medical professionals. Right now, more than 760,000 people are affected by this condition, approximately 500,000 of whom are under the age of 18. While the severity of symptoms vary between people, there is no cure for cerebral palsy no matter the severity of the condition. Caring for children with this condition costs an estimated $1 million throughout their childhood according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), though that number could change depending on the circumstances surrounding each specific case.
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At MayesTelles PLLC, our Phoenix birth injury attorneys have dedicate their careers to providing injured victims with the compassionate and knowledgeable legal representation they need to secure the outcome they deserve. If your child was affected by cerebral palsy due to the negligent or dangerous actions of your doctor, contact us today to learn what we can do to help.
Causes And Symptoms Of Cerebral Palsy
There are a number of risk factors doctors need to keep an eye out for that can indicate an increased risk that a child will develop cerebral palsy, both throughout the pregnancy and during the delivery. Some warning signs include:
- Oxygen Deprivation: Also known as asphyxia, this can damage the brain as it’s still developing. This issue is most common during a difficult delivery process.
- Premature Birth: Children born three weeks earlier or longer before their initial due date have an increased risk of developing this condition.
- Maternal Infection: Mothers who suffer from diseases like Zika virus, herpes, chickenpox, rubella and toxoplasmosis have an increased risk of giving birth to a child with cerebral palsy.
- Low Birthweight: Children born weighing less than five and a half pounds have an increased chance of developing cerebral palsy.
Almost all, if not all of the danger can be avoided through proper care. Cerebral palsy affects each person differently, and the symptoms can range from mild to crippling. In some cases, the patient’s entire body is affected by the condition, while in others the symptoms can be limited to certain body parts. Some symptoms include:
- Trouble speaking
- Trouble eating and swallowing
- Mental disabilities
- Involuntary movements
- Issues with hearing and vision
- Inability to perform precise movements
- Difficulty walking
- Abnormal reflexes
- Abnormal posture
Medical professionals have established and refined some treatments that can mitigate, and in some cases even prevent these symptoms from developing, but their success rate is heavily dependent on how soon the patient is diagnosed with this condition. The sooner it is identified, the more doctors may be able to do to help.
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If your child suffered a serious birth injury that resulted in cerebral palsy due to the dangerous or negligent actions of a medical professional, you deserve the opportunity to fight for the compensation you need to ensure they receive the treatment they require. Our Phoenix birth injury lawyers at MayesTelles PLLC are committed to providing injured victims with the knowledgeable and passionate legal representation that will put them in the best possible position moving forwards. Call us at (602) 428-7104 to begin planning your next steps over the phone, or start out with a case evaluation by sending us the details of your case through our online form today.