Cerebral palsy is a general term for several types of disorders that affect the muscles beginning in infancy or childhood. In some cases, these disorders can be caused by anoxia (lack of oxygen) and resulting brain damage during birth. For example, if the baby stays too long in the birth canal without receiving sufficient oxygen, or if forceps are used improperly, some amount of brain damage can occur.
The effect and extent of cerebral palsy depends on how the brain was damaged and whether the damage was severe. Some babies and children with cerebral palsy have very weak or paralyzed muscles while others have very tight or rigid muscles. These symptoms can cause a variety of problems, including seizures, mental retardation, dental problems, and difficultly moving, walking, and growing. Malnutrition is a possible complication because some babies have trouble swallowing enough food.
Although cerebral palsy is not curable, excellent treatments exist. Medications such as muscle relaxants and Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) ease muscle spasms. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy help children develop communication skills and independence as well as strength, flexibility, balance, and mobility. Aids like walkers, crutches, and braces can also enhance mobility and independence. In some extreme cases, orthopedic or nerve surgery may be necessary to combat pain, severe contractures, or deformities.
Cerebral palsy often requires a lifetime of care and treatment. If your child had a difficult birth and has developed cerebral palsy, seek advice from a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. An attorney with experience handling birth injuries can help you seek the compensation you need to obtain beneficial treatment and therapy for your child.
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If you are thinking of pursuing a cerebral palsy lawsuit, contact the Law Offices of Robert G. Schock. Robert G. Schock is a California birth injury lawyer who can provide quality advice and representation for parents whose children have suffered birth injuries such as cerebral palsy in Oakland, San Francisco, the Bay Area, and throughout California. Schedule your free consultation by contacting the Law Offices of Robert G. Schock today.