As the most common form of cerebral palsy, congenital cerebral palsy is an incurable form of brain damage that results in mildly to severely impaired cognition, speech, coordination and general movement. In the most severe cases, congenital cerebral palsy patients also suffer from epilepsy, mental retardation and paraplegia or quadriplegia.
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What’s the problem?
Congenital cerebral palsy occurs when a baby’s brain does not develop normally in the womb, or when brain damage has occurred during development. There are many causes of congenital cerebral palsy, some of which are not completely understood. Genetic abnormalities sometimes cause brain malformation, but the majority of congenital CP cases result from brain damage due to fetal stroke, maternal infection, or medical malpractice on the part of doctors or medical staff. Good prenatal care can lower the risk of these conditions, but it cannot entirely prevent them.
Signs & Symptoms of Congenital Cerebral Palsy
Early signs of congenital cerebral palsy usually appear before a child reaches 3 years of age, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Parents are often the first to suspect that their baby’s motor skills aren’t developing normally. Typically, a sign of cerebral palsy in infants is a developmental delay. They are slow to reach developmental milestones such as learning to roll over, sit, crawl, smile, or walk. Another sign of cerebral palsy in some infants is abnormal muscle tone, either hypotonia (relaxed) or hypertonia (rigid). Signs of cerebral palsy may also include unusual posture or favoring one side of the body when the child moves.
Treatment Options for Infants with Congenital Cerebral Palsy
All infants, whether developmentally disabled or not, require the same basic care: nutrition, exercise and socialization. Early diagnosis of an infant’s cerebral palsy is beneficial. Once diagnosed, a cerebral palsy infant can begin the necessary treatments to improve motor skills and other capabilities. As soon as your infant is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, speak with your doctor about what special care your child will need. Doctors often refer parents to a pediatrician who specializes in the care of infants with cerebral palsy. It will take a team of professionals to determine the appropriate combination of therapy, health care and education for an infant with cerebral palsy. This extensive medical care can be horrifically expensive. You should contact a cerebral palsy attorney to help make sure your infant can afford the extensive care necessary.
Do I have a Congenital Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit?
The Birth Injury Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in cerebral palsy, brachial plexus palsy, & Erb’s palsy lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.