Cerebral Palsy Attorneys in Pennsylvania
Defending Victims of Severe Birth Injuries
Cerebral palsy is a condition that is caused by injury to the developing brain, resulting in a loss of control over one’s muscles. If your baby developed cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence, you have a right to pursue damages. At The Law Offices of Anthony Urban, P.C. in Pennsylvania, our birth injury attorneys have more than five decades of legal experience fighting on behalf of the wrongfully injured and their families. You can rely on us to provide the skilled legal assistance you need during this difficult time.
Signs of Cerebral Palsy
No two cases of cerebral palsy are identical. There are varying degrees of severity and different types of disabilities an individual can suffer from. As such, it can be difficult to detect cerebral palsy in a baby. Watch out for missed motor and movement milestones, such as sitting, rolling over, or standing.
Here are some signs that might be apparent in babies younger than six months of age:
- The baby feels stiff
- The baby’s head lags when picked up
- The baby feels floppy
- When you cradle the baby in your arms, the back overextends as if the baby is pulling away from you
As the months progress, you might notice other signs, including:
- The baby does not roll over in either direction
- The baby cannot bring his or her hands together
- The baby reaches out with only one hand and keeps the other in a fist
- The baby crawls in a lopsided way
- The baby does not crawl on all fours
Other symptoms of cerebral palsy include trouble walking, tremors, difficulty swallowing, lack of muscle coordination, excessive drooling, delays in speech development, seizures, variations in muscle tone, and intellectual disabilities.
How Birth Injuries Can Cause Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage that occurs before or during the birthing process. If a doctor or other healthcare professional acts negligently, it can result in an injury that ultimately leads to cerebral palsy.
Here are some of the ways in which a birth injury or medical negligence can cause cerebral palsy:
- Forceps or vacuum extractors were misused, resulting in head trauma
- A maternal infection was improperly addressed
- The wrong medication or incorrect dose was administered
- A necessary C-section was delayed
- Umbilical cord problems were not quickly addressed
Additionally, if the infant has jaundice and the condition is not treated immediately, it could damage the brain and lead to cerebral palsy in the perinatal period.
Is There a Cure?
There is no known cure for cerebral palsy, but there are several treatments available for managing its symptoms, such as physical therapy, oral muscle relaxants, nerve injections, and orthopedic surgery. In more severe cases, a surgeon might cut certain nerve fibers to reduce pain and relax the muscles.
Contact a Pennsylvania Birth Injury Attorney Today!
If your baby developed cerebral palsy due to medical negligence, contact the team at The Law Offices of Anthony Urban, P.C. for the exceptional legal representation you need to hold the responsible party accountable.
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