According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 8,000 newborns are diagnosed with cerebral palsy in the United States each year. A lack of oxygen before or immediately after birth often causes this condition, which impairs muscle control and can cause seizures, as well as vision, hearing, and mental problems that can lead to learning and speech difficulties.
Babies born prematurely, as well as twins, triplets, and other multiple births are at particularly high risk for cerebral palsy. A mother’s health during pregnancy – particularly conditions such as chickenpox, rubella, and certain bacterial infections – and complications during birth can also have a negative impact on her baby’s development.
Of course, doctors should recognize when a particular pregnancy presents a risk of conditions that can lead to cerebral palsy and should do all they can to mitigate the chance of injury. Some common signs that problems may be developing include severe jaundice, Rh blood incompatibility in mother and child, or oxygen deprivation at some time during delivery.
A Birth Injury Lawyer Can Help
If your child suffers from cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injury, or any other birth injury, contact an experienced birth injury lawyer. A knowledgeable birth injury attorney can assess your case and help you get the compensation for medical bills, treatment, and pain and suffering you deserve. For more information about what a birth injury attorney can do for you, contact us today.