Cerebral palsy refers to a group of serious conditions that can be seen in some infants after birth. Typically, cerebral palsy involves damage to an infant’s muscles or movement and, while sometimes the result of other factors, is sometimes caused by some form of negligence during the birth process. When a doctor or other medical professional fails to take certain precautions or act responsibly at the birth of a child, cerebral palsy can be the result. When a baby develops this condition, not only may he or she suffer serious health problems as they grow, but the family is likely to face burdensome medical bills and other expenses.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Sometimes parents don’t know that their baby has suffered cerebral palsy because it doesn’t always present obvious symptoms initially. However, there are some symptoms of cerebral palsy that one can look for, including:
- Loss of / absence of coordination
- Muscle jerkiness
- Persistent infant reflexes (even over time)
- Delayed motor skill development
All of these conditions might indicate that a baby is suffering from cerebral palsy. He or she might not be in any pain, but the slowing of normal development can be lasting and might affect the rest of a baby’s life.
Doctors or other medical professionals who fail to provide proper and appropriate treatment, resulting in the undue development of cerebral palsy, should be held accountable. Our lawyers at Pohl & Berk, LLP, fight against such medical professionals to help those who have been wronged. If your baby has cerebral palsy as a result of a medical practitioner’s negligent actions, call 615-277-2765 to find out how you may be eligible for financial compensation.