If your child has a birth injury such as Cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy or brain damage, then find out why it happened. Does your child have cerebral palsy from PVL? Many people believe that the injury is just a birth defect. Often this birth defect was caused because the child was deprived of oxygen at some point during the pregnancy.
There are not enough studies of this question to concretely answer this, but most people with cerebral palsy live between 30 and 70 years. There is a lot of variation here and it can depend a bit on the severity of the symptoms.
The brain injury can occur before birth, but in an estimated 20 percent of cases of CP are caused during delivery.
The early signs of cerebral palsy often show before the age of three years old. Typically, most children with cerebral palsy are born with it, but they may not be diagnosed until months or years after birth. You can also damage the brain after birth and it can result in a movement disorder which is sometimes a direct result of lack of oxygen to the brain.
There is no actual test that confirms or rules out Cerebral Palsy at birth. In severe cases, the child may be diagnosed soon after birth, but most children are typically diagnosed in the first two years. A diagnosis may not be determined for those with milder symptoms, or until the brain is fully developed at three to five years old.
Researchers have discovered that hereditary factors can predispose an individual to CP, but it is not a hereditary condition. It is a condition that describes movement disorders and limitations around motor skills. This often is caused by some injury.
At present, there is no cure. That does not mean that the child with a CP diagnosis has no potential. It only means that their movement is affected. People with Cerebral Palsy may have physical impairment, but they are considered healthy and can live fulfilling lives.
Cerebral Palsy treatment can be as complex as the condition is, and there's no simple approach because each person is affected differently. Although the brain injury from CP cannot be healed, the physical impairment as a result can be managed with a broad range of treatments and therapies.
When a baby is too large or in an improper position during birth, brain injury can occur. Some possible causes are: The doctor fails to do a caesarean section when there is fetal distress, or too much pressure on the baby's head or neck can happen during delivery. Sometimes vacuums or other mechanical devices used during delivery can be too invasive and cause damage. Also, lack of oxygen to the baby's brain (such as the umbilical cord wrapping around the baby's neck) may also contribute to CP.
No. These lawsuits are individual, personal injury claims filed against the people or companies responsible for the mistakes that lead to the injury. These are often doctors, nurses and the hospital or medical practice involved.
Every state has rules about how long you have to file a lawsuit. These rules are called Statutes of Limitation. If you wait too long to file a lawsuit then you can be forever prevented from filing one. Often the time limits for children are longer, but it is very important to pay attention to when the time is up. So, Do Not delay in looking in to a possible case.
There is no guarantee that there will be a settlement. Whether there is one will depend on many factors. If there is a settlement it can take several years to get to. Cases can take from 2-10 years. Every case really is different.