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Birth Injury Rasansky Law Firm December 30, 2014
Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Cerebral palsy may be attributed to medical negligence during pregnancy and delivery. It is the responsibility of every healthcare provider to anticipate the risks that come with pregnancy and childbirth and do something about it in a timely manner. Prenatal exams should ensure that the baby is developing in a safe environment in the…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Cerebral palsy is usually not detected until 1 to 3 years after a baby’s birth. Because of this, most parents may not be adequately prepared for a change in their newborn’s demeanor or physical anomalies. Most parents become concerned when they realize that their baby isn’t moving or talking as they should, given their…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Cerebral palsy usually occurs due to brain injury during a baby’s development in the womb or during delivery. This condition may have no immediate signs; however, as the baby grows, the parents may notice a marked delay in reaching developmental milestones, problems with formulating proper speech as well as disrupted motor function. Cerebral palsy…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Medical malpractice relates to birth injury in cases where the medical professional charged with you and your baby’s care fails to provide appropriate care during pregnancy, during the delivery process, or shortly after the child is born. To better understand birth injuries and how they can be caused by medical and/or nursing mistakes, first you…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: The first question many parents ask when they are told that their child has cerebral palsy is, “Is my child going to be okay?” Often, the next question is, “What challenges will my child face in the future?” It is important to understand that the severity of cerebral palsy varies considerably between cases and that…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: The first and most important issue to deal with after a birth injury is caring for the health of the baby and the mother. Get advice, treatment, and support from medical professionals you trust, and do not be afraid to get a second opinion. Also, be sure to take advantage of counseling and therapy options if you…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Ptosis, a condition in which one or both eyelids droop, has a number of possible causes. Some cases of ptosis are the result of a traumatic delivery, in which an infant is caught in the birth canal or in which an infant is damaged by the use of forceps during birth. This medical condition,…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Klumpke paralysis is a medical condition caused by damage to the brachial plexus. Named after one of the first notable American female physicians, Augusta Déjerine-Klumpke, this type of palsy is often caused by a birth injury. Klempke’s palsy takes place when the first thoracic nerve and the eighth cervical nerve are damaged. The most…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby’s shoulder becomes stuck in the birth canal due to the mother’s pubic bone, complicating delivery. This complication occurs in roughly one percent of births and is more common if the mother has diabetes, if the mother is obese, or if the baby has a large gestational weight. Shoulder…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: The symptoms of cerebral palsy vary widely depending on the severity of the illness. A person suffering from a mild form of cerebral palsy may display issues with fine motor skills (such as writing), balancing, proper posture, and involuntary movement. A person suffering from a severe form of cerebral palsy may have learning impairments, breathing problems,…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Erb’s palsy, also known as brachial palsy, is a condition that most-commonly occurs to newborn children when their brachial plexus nerves are damaged during labor or delivery. When these nerves (which are located near the shoulder) are injured, it can cause weakness and limited mobility in the arm and hand. This paresis is usually temporary…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: There are a number of potential causes of cerebral palsy, but the majority of cases are caused by brain damage to the baby during pregnancy, delivery, or shortly after birth. Unfortunately, doctors and medical experts do not fully understand what other factors may cause CP. Many cases of cerebral palsy are caused when the…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: There are many types of injuries that can occur during pregnancy and delivery, ranging from minor to severe. Among the most common types of birth injuries are: Cerebral palsy. Brachial plexus injuries (Erb’s palsy, Klumpke’s palsy). Infections (B strep, meningitis). Baby brain damage. Bruising and bleeding beneath the cranial bones. Bone fractures and nerve damage (often to…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Birth injuries do not always lead to serious and lasting harm to the child. Many of them will heal on their own with no medical intervention. In some incidences, however, birth injuries result in chronic conditions such as cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, or Klumpke’s palsy. Of these, cerebral palsy is probably the most concerning, as the…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Birth injuries can occur for a number of different reasons. In some cases the child’s head is too large to fit through the mother’s pelvis. Other times the placenta become detached prematurely or the umbilical cord is compressed or twisted. Also, when a physician uses forceps or a vacuum during a vaginal birth, injury to…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Cerebral palsy is a condition that many have heard about, but which few seem to understand. CP is a chronic condition that can occur when there is some form of injury to the brain during pregnancy, labor and delivery or in the early years of a child’s life. The way that it affects each…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Cerebral palsy is not a progressive condition because the damage to the brain has already occurred; however, symptoms can change over time. Some will see an improvement in their condition, possibly gaining back some muscle control.  Others may experience more problems stemming from their challenges with CP. The way that the condition affects certain muscles in…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: It is important to remember that cerebral palsy is a neurological condition; not a disease. It is in no way contagious. Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the child’s brain during pregnancy, delivery, or as a very young child. The fact that this is such a common question illustrates just how uninformed the general…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Because cerebral palsy is caused by damage to a baby’s brain, the condition is actually quite preventable in most cases. Most of the issues that lead to brain injury—and consequently CP—should be checked for, anticipated and/or monitored by a physician. Some of the health problems in the mother that can bring about brain injury during…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Many of the medical issues that occur during pregnancy or delivery and lead to cerebral palsy should be anticipated, detected, and corrected by a physician or other medical staff before a serious problem occurs. There are of course some unavoidable situations that lead to brain injury and, consequently, cerebral palsy.  It is important to…

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