BIRTH INJURY RESOURCES
Expecting parents rely on obstetricians and hospital labor and delivery teams to make pregnancies and births go smoothly. When complications arise that may have caused harm to your baby, you need to know what to look for.
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Depending on which of the structures are affected, someone may experience these symptoms:
Dystonia: Dystonia causes involuntary and repetitive twisting motions that may be localized or impact the entire body. Involuntary movements can be painful and occur more frequently when someone is tired, anxious, tense, emotional, or experiencing pain.
Athetosis: Characterized by slow, writhing, involuntary motions, often affecting the face, neck, hands, or feet, athetosis affects the ability to maintain a posture. Athetosis may cause the appearance of restlessness.
Chorea: Stemming from the Greek word for dance, chorea refers to brief, abrupt, and involuntary movements. Those who suffer from severe chorea exhibit wild, violent movements.
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Diagnosis and Care of Young Children with Cerebral Palsy
Parents of children who exhibit the symptoms of CP should discuss their concerns with their pediatrician. Most children are diagnosed with CP by age two; however, if a child suffers from mild symptoms, a diagnosis may be delayed.
Once a child obtains a CP diagnosis, they may be referred to a specialist. Choosing the right specialist is a crucial part of a child's treatment plan because many children with CP also have related developmental conditions such as intellectual disability, seizures, or problems with vision, hearing, or speech. Depending on the young patient's specific needs, this may include a referral to a neurodevelopmental pediatrician, child neurologist, or pediatric physiatrist.
Children with CP often require additional help in school. Early intervention programs are available to children with CP through their third birthday. Once a child reaches preschool, special education programs help by providing additional attention to students who need assistance. By law, schools must work with parents and children to create individualized education plans when necessary. Schools may also offer assistive technology such as communication devices or computer technology at no cost to parents.
Doctors rely on developmental monitoring and screening to diagnos CP.
Risk factors for CP include:
- Birth complications
- Premature birth
- Low birthweight
- Multiple births
- Use of fertility treatment before pregnancy
- Infections during pregnancy
It is the obstetrician or mid-wife's job to identify risk factors and manage care during pregnancy and delivery according to recognized standards of practice. The failure to provide standard obstetric care can be the legal cause of catastrophic injuries such as CP.
Acquired CP is most often the result of an infection such as meningitis or encephalitis but can also result from the inappropriate medical management of a baby during its early life. Mismanagement of issues such as infection or high bilirubin can result in a child developing CP and related complications.
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If your child is diagnosed with CP, choosing a law firm to pursue a birth injury lawsuit can be the most important decision you make for your child's and your family's future. At the Michigan birth injury law firm of Sommers Schwartz, we help families of children born with preventable forms of CP. We pursue claims for financial compensation against the parties responsible for their child's injuries.
Because we work on a contingency basis, we will not bill you for any of our efforts in handling your case unless we obtain the compensation your family deserves. Call today or contact us online.