Babies are very delicate. It is common knowledge in Mississippi that their bodies must be properly supported when they are being held. Caring for a child begins long before birth. Pregnant mothers are encouraged to eat healthy foods, take supplements and visit their physician on a regular basis. The purpose of all of this care is to aid in the delivery of a healthy child. Despite all of this special care, it is not certain that a healthy child will be born.
Cerebral palsy is one of the most common birth defects that can occur. This occurs when there is trauma to an immature developing brain. It most commonly occurs before birth. The major body part that is affected is the muscles. The result is a loss of muscle tone or posture.
Symptoms can appear right after birth or before age 5. Children with cerebral palsy have difficulty with movement. Symptoms like exaggerated reflexes, floppiness or rigid limbs or trunk commonly occurs. In addition with difficulty moving, these children may also experience problems swallowing or eye muscle imbalance. The severity of the symptoms can vary. Some children are unable to communicate or have delayed intellectual development, but others have normal intellectual capacity.
If your child’s cerebral palsy is due to some negligent act of a medical professional, there may be a valid malpractice claim. Parents, who have children with cerebral palsy, may seek legal counsel to determine if there is a cause of action. A potential claim can include recovering the cost for past and future medical care.
Source: MayoClinic.org, “Cerebral Palsy,” accessed on Aug. 17, 2015