What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is an incurable, typically lifelong condition that affects muscle strength and coordination. It is characterized by exaggerated reflexes, lack of muscle tone, and inability to perform normal movements or maintain upright posture.
Children who are born with cerebral palsy often require expensive and ongoing medical treatment, such as:
- Orthopedic surgery
- Physical therapy
- Muscle-relaxing medication
- Sedative medications
- Gastronomic assistance
- Visits with pediatric neurologists
- Speech therapy
How Does Cerebral Palsy Happen?
Cerebral palsy can happen during pregnancy or at the point of birth. It is typically the result of a traumatic brain injury, which can occur for a number of reasons, including:
- Maternal infection
- Infant meningitis
- Genetic predisposition
- Failure to appropriately treat severe jaundice
Cerebral palsy can also happen when doctors are guilty of any of the following:
- Failure to closely monitor the mother and child during birth and pay close attention to their vital signs
- Failure to detect maternal infections at any point during pregnancy
- Performing a C-section without meeting all safety requirements
- Improperly using extractive delivery tools, such as forceps or vacuums
- Failure to notice and act quickly when a child is being suffocated by the umbilical cord
- Failure to respond appropriately when the mother or child demonstrate an unhealthy change in blood pressure or heart rate
How Can a Birth Injury Lawyer Help?
At Abramson, Brown & Dugan, we understand that no legal victory can undo what has happened to your child. However, we may be able to help you recover the compensation you need to afford surgeries and treatments that can vastly improve your child’s quality of life and ensure your family does not experience any undue financial hardship as a result. Our New Hampshire birth injury attorneys are proud to serve parents and families like yours, and we are prepared to provide compassionate, effective legal representation for you and your loved ones during this difficult time.
Allow us to come alongside you and help you make things right. Call (603) 323-4622 today to speak to a member of our team or send us an emailto get started.