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Birth Injury Rasansky Law Firm December 30, 2014
Staff December 4, 2014

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…

Staff August 8, 2014

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…

Staff December 4, 2014

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…

Staff April 6, 2016

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 birthing process, or once the child is born. To better understand birth injuries and how they can be caused by medical and/or nursing mistakes, first you…

Staff August 8, 2014

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…

Staff March 13, 2015

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…

Staff July 22, 2016

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,…

Staff August 8, 2014

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…

Staff August 8, 2014

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…

Staff August 8, 2014

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,…

Staff September 22, 2014

Answer: Erb’s palsy, also known as brachial palsy, is a condition that patients suffer when their brachial plexus nerves are damaged. When injured, these nerves, located in the shoulder, can cause weakness and limited mobility in the arm and hand. Erb’s palsy almost always takes place when a newborn suffers from a difficult birth in…

Staff August 8, 2014

Answer: There are a number of causes of cerebral palsy – and unfortunately, doctors and medical experts do not fully understand the disease. Physicians believe that the majority of cerebral palsy cases are caused inside the womb. Other cases of cerebral palsy are caused when the child is born prematurely or when the child suffers…

Staff March 1, 2016

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 fracture and nerve damage (often to…

Staff September 22, 2014

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…

Staff July 22, 2016

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…

Staff August 8, 2014

Answer: Cerebral palsy is a condition that many have heard about, but few seem to know the details of. 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…

Staff August 8, 2014

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…

Staff November 14, 2014

Answer: It is important to remember that this is a condition, not a disease. It is in no way contagious. Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the brain during pregnancy due to a birth injury, or an injury as a very young child. There is absolutely no reason to be fearful of “catching” cerebral palsy.

Staff July 22, 2016

Answer: Cerebral palsy is actually quite preventable. 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 problems in the mother during pregnancy that can bring about brain injury are herpes simplex, rubella, high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid issues and several…

Staff August 8, 2014

Answer: Many of the medical issues in pregnancy and during labor and delivery that lead to cerebral palsy should be detected/anticipated 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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