Birth Complications Can Lead to Cerebral Palsy

No one wants to believe there may be a problem with their child’s health or development. Babies reach milestones such as rolling over, crawling, or walking at somewhat predictable times and when they fail to achieve these milestones when expected, this can be a sign that their development has been impacted by some disorder or condition such as CP. Recognizing signs of birth complications during your child’s delivery can be important when you suspect a birth injury to have taken place, specifically for getting your child the early intervention they need to maximize their potential in the years, and decades to come.

Birth Complications

If you suspect that your child has suffered a birth injury that resulted in Cerebral Palsy, there are a variety of warning signs you can begin examining before taking your child to a doctor for a formal diagnosis.

First, we will highlight a variety of birth complications you may have noticed before, during or after your child’s delivery. These complications can include:

  • Jaundice;
  • Failure to detect fetal distress during delivery;
  • No crying upon delivery;
  • Delays in cesarean;
  • Umbilical cord problems/complications;
  • Maternal hypertension or toxemia;
  • Need for immediate intervention to help your child breathe;
  • Incorrect use of forceps or vacuum extraction during delivery;
  • Improper actions in response to the mother’s high risk pregnancy (or diagnosis thereof);
  • An abnormal APGAR score;
  • Failure to treat the child’s meningitis or seizure condition;
  • Birth after 42 week gestation;
  • Medication errors;

Each of these items/birth complications represent events that can indicate problems experienced prior to, during or following labor and delivery. In reality, a child can be born with one or more of the items described above and still live a healthy and happy life without any long-term suffering or damage. Children who suffer birth injuries as a result of one or more of the above events may eventually be diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and be eligible for critical Lifetime Benefits. Speaking with a birth injury lawyer can mean a world of difference for the long road ahead as your child grows, especially when a Medical Legal Review is performed to examine all the circumstances surrounding your child’s birth complications.

If you have questions about your child’s Cerebral Palsy and would like to know whether avoidable birth complications may have led to his or her CP diagnosis, please feel free to contact our offices at your convenience. We have an easy-to-use contact form that allows you to indicate the best time for us to reach you, as well as a simple Facebook form. You can also call us at (800) 462-5772 to discuss your child’s Cerebral Palsy diagnosis and if birth complications are the cause.

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