Birth Injury Lawyer Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia
Acts of negligence often cause severe and permanent injuries that can benefit from the advice of a lawyer to gain proper compensation, especially when those injuries have adverse effects on the development of a child. Cerebral Palsy is one development that can result from the negligent acts of another. Cerebral Palsy is a term used to categorize various neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood as the result of genetic abnormality, birth injury, or brain injury during early childhood. These disabilities are the result of abnormalities in parts of the brain that control muscle movements, and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination. While these disabilities may not worsen over time, they are often incurable and can affect a person’s range of motion, ability to walk, and ability to speak or see properly, as well as result in intellectual disabilities.
Cerebral Palsy usually develops before a child is born with unknown triggers. Some of these causes include random mutations in the genes that control brain development, maternal infections that affect the development of the fetus and disruption of blood supply to the developing brain as the result of a fetal stroke. In rare cases, cerebral palsy results from the negligent acts of another person.
Although it is very uncommon, complications that cut off oxygen to the brain and cause injury during birth can result in Cerebral Palsy. Lack of oxygen to the infant’s brain can be the result of problems with the umbilical cord, detached placenta or uterine rupture. These complications can be the result of poor or negligent decision making by the health care provider present during birth. Failure to detect an umbilical cord wrapped around the baby’s neck and unreasonable delay in performing an emergency Caesarean section are both examples of poor decisions that could be exhibited by doctors during birth that can result in birth injury, including Cerebral Palsy. If your child develops Cerebral Palsy, and there were complications during birth that could be the cause, you should contact a lawyer right away to begin the investigation process because it can be a long and complicated one.
Another, more common, cause of Cerebral Palsy that occurs during infancy is traumatic brain injury. Infancy and early childhood is a crucial time in the development of the brain, and any injury on the brain during this time can have a significant impact on brain growth and development. One possible cause of traumatic brain injury in infants is child abuse. Child abuse is a serious offense that can have serious consequences if reported. Some cases of child abuse result in shaken baby syndrome and malnutrition, both of which can cause traumatic brain injury and cause Cerebral Palsy.
If your child has developed Cerebral Palsy as the result of someone else’s negligence, including birth injury and child abuse, it is important that you seek legal advice right away. Some cases of Cerebral Palsy can result in blindness, deafness, speech impediments, learning disabilities and permanent physical disabilities (i.e. the inability to walk), all of which can require special attention and extra medical care, and all of which can be extremely expensive. If your child has developed Cerebral Palsy as the result of negligence in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia, contact the attorneys at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for a consultation on your case.