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Does your child have cerebral palsy? Learn about your options

Parents look forward to the birth of their new baby for months. Rooms are decorated, clothing and baby equipment is purchased and cribs are assembled. Most of the time babies are born healthy, but occasionally a birth injury like cerebral palsy occurs which can affect a child for the rest of their lives.

Cerebral palsy is often caused by brain damage before or during birth. It can cause problems with muscle tone, movement and motor skills. It can also cause vision and hearing problems and learning difficulties. If cerebral palsy is caused by a birth injury, compensation for injuries may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

If cerebral palsy is suspected in a child, parents should take some steps and look at their options. First, they should watch their child's development closely. There is a developmental checklist that parents should consult with as their child grows. Each month, their baby should be able to do certain actions. If these milestones are seriously behind schedule, it is important to get an answer as to why. When a child is just born, they are rated on a scale called the APGAR scoring system. This evaluates the infant's pulse, activity, appearance, grimace and respiration. After five minutes, the baby is evaluated again and those who are low may need special care. Data from tests like these can be used as evidence in a birth injury case. Even if a child's cerebral palsy is minor, it can still impact their life. Most of the time, a birth injury lawsuit needs to happen before the child turns 18.

A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice may be able to help a family who believes their child may have suffered from a birth injury. They can research the birth injury and advocate for the victim and their family.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, "4 things children with birth injuries and their parents should know that could be worth lots of money," Jack Choros, June 27, 2016

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