Questions about Cerebral Palsy
Salt Lake City, Tooele and Price, Utah
Cerebral palsy is the formal name for a group of medical disorders that affect the parts of the brain that relate to muscle control, balance and posture. Speech, vision, hearing and more can also be affected.
In addition, cerebral palsy can also be associated with a decreased level of mental ability.
Cerebral palsy can range from mild to severe. A child who has severe cerebral palsy may be unable to walk or eat without help. Drooling, seizures and uncontrolled muscle movements in the hands and feet can be issues, as well. Severe cerebral palsy may mean that a child will need a lifetime of special care. A child with a milder form of cerebral palsy may only need minimal care.
Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the brain from lack of oxygen. The damage can occur before, after or during a baby’s birth. A mother’s untreated infection or illness during pregnancy may be the issue. And sadly, a great many cases of cerebral palsy are caused by a significant birth injury that is the result of medical malpractice.
During a baby’s delivery, the attending doctors and nurses must do all they can to ensure the baby does not suffer from a lack of oxygen.
For instance, these healthcare providers need to act quickly if the baby is in a position that might cause a decrease in oxygen levels. They need to order a C-section if the labor is prolonged and the baby’s health is at risk. They also need to be cautious in giving the mother medications during labor and delivery that might harm the baby.
In addition, while the fetus is growing during the first, second and third trimester, physicians who are providing pregnancy care to the mother must ensure proper treatment for any illnesses and infections.
If you believe that a medical mistake caused your child’s cerebral palsy brain injury, you could be eligible for compensation to help cover the costs of long-term care, physical therapy and other related expenses.
Residents of Salt Lake City and surrounding areas, please contact the Utah cerebral palsy medical malpractice attorneys at G. Eric Nielson & Associates, LLC.