As many as 28,000 babies are born with birth injuries every year, with about 9,000 deaths resulting from these injuries; these figures are based on statistical records from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. While many injuries are minor and, therefore, will not really affect many of these babies, there are also serious ones that will cause a change in the quality of lives of thousands of these children.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one severe type of birth injury is Cerebral Palsy (CP), a neurodevelopmental motor impairment that affects a child’s mental capabilities, speech, and posture and balance.
Cerebral Palsy is a chronic and incurable brain disorder which damages sensation, muscle control,muscle coordination, reflex, body movement, and various brain functions, such as speech, perception and cognition. This neurodevelopmental motor impairment can be due to the abnormal development of the brain or physical injuries to an infant’s brain; it may otherwise be congenital or inborn, occurring during pregnancy or during the birthing process, or, again, it may be acquired, occurring during the first years after birth.
Though 85% of all cerebral palsy cases are congenital in nature, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not certain with regard to its exact cause; it does, however, identify some factors that can increase the chances of newborns developing this type of impairment:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 85% of all cerebral palsy cases are congenital in nature, but while there is no certainty about its exact cause, there are certain factors which increase the chances of newborns developing this neurodevelopmental motor impairment. For congenital CP, these factors include:premature birth, low birth weight, birth complications, infections during pregnancy, birth complications, and health condition of the mother, such as Down’s syndrome, thyroid issues, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, cytomegalovirus, chickenpox (varicella), German measles (rubella), or illnesses which cause seizures.
While it can be a source of so much pain if you see that your child is affected with a birth injury that will no longer be healed, the pain will be much greater if you find out that the injury was actually sustained by your child because of a mistake committed by your doctor. Due to this, it would be in your best interest, for the sake of your child, to pursue birth injury claim which will help you pay for all the medical care and treatment required by your child.Read More