One of the more common birth injuries is cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is generally defined as a condition or disorder marked by impaired movement and coordination, muscle tone and other neurological deficiencies. It is often the result of brain damage at or near the time of birth. It typically manifests itself early on, within the first few years of life. In some situations, cerebral palsy is caused by damage that occurs during pregnancy. However, other times the damage occurs at or during delivery. Some of the risk factors include infections during pregnancy, delivering prematurely and having a difficult delivery.
While the most common symptoms of cerebral palsy affect muscle tone and coordination, other symptoms may include difficulties with vision, hearing, and speech. Children may also experiences cognitive and developmental delays. Further, many individuals affected by cerebral palsy may have difficulty with thinking and reasoning, and may also experience seizures throughout their life. While there is no cure for cerebral palsy, therapy may help improve the quality of life for those patients living with cerebral palsy.
If your child was born with cerebral palsy, its important to seek the advice of a skilled Los Angeles birth injury lawyers who can review the medical records and help determine the factors that may have contributed to the condition, including whether the doctors or other medical staff were negligent in failing to act appropriately based on the risk factors. For more information please contact the dedicated Los Angeles birth injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.