Detection of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy results from brain abnormalities caused by brain injury that control muscle and nerve function. Victims of cerebral palsy do not have actual muscle and nerve injuries despite this common misconception. From my vast experience as a birth injury lawyer, my clients have been victim to medical secrecy, misinformation and downright negligence that surround a cerebral palsy diagnosis. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy is relatively easy, but in some cases, late signs may actually delay diagnosis.
If a child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy at or following birth, there is a chance the brain abnormality could have been prevented. For some families, a diagnosis may not be reached until years following your precious baby’s birth. While extreme cases of CP are commonly diagnosed shortly following birth, other less severe cases may take months or even years before diagnosis occurs.
Recognizing the Signs of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy may be diagnosed if your baby shows signs of unusual muscle tone, persistent reflexes, abnormal posture and other symptoms affecting muscle control or lack there of. For a new parent, the news can be absolutely devastating! Cerebral palsy symptoms are not known to worsen over time, and early detection and therapy can be the key to developing better functionality and control. Furthermore, cerebral palsy may increase the risk of other injuries and serious infections, making early diagnosis critical.
For some victims, cerebral palsy signs may not be detected at birth. In many cases, it is not until your sweet child begins to develop, that their signs and symptoms of CP start to show. Remember, each and every case is different. Infants and toddlers can show signs as their muscles develop and as their movement increases. This can include stiff muscles, ataxia, spasticity, over or under toning of the muscles, walking difficulties and more.
Medical Negligence and Cerebral Palsy
While cerebral palsy can occur naturally, it can also occur as a result of a mistake by your trusted physician. Detecting, diagnosing and treating CP as soon as possible can be critical to the long term quality of life for your child. Secondly, early detection can help ascertain if your medical professional caused the injuries.
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, or you suspect your child should be diagnosed, call me immediately.