Author: The Talaska Law Firm, PLLC
Parents in general are concerned about the health of their unborn baby and after birth, want to believe their infant is in good shape. For the most part, infants are normal and healthy. A relatively small percentage of U.S. babies born every year develop cerebral palsy (CP). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the annual count to be 10,000 babies. One in 303 children has cerebral palsy. The United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Foundation reports a total of close to 800,000 people in the United State with cerebral palsy.
Signs of cerebral palsy
The most common signs of CP involve abnormal or slow development.
While normal babies develop abilities at different rates, most fall within a similar time frame. However, according to the CDC, babies with cerebral palsy lag behind, often in these ways:
* When picked up at two months, difficulty holding head up and stiff legs that cross
* When more than six months still have difficulty holding up head and can reach with only one hand while the other is in a fist
* When 10 months cannot sit without assistance and when crawl. have to use one side to drag the other side of the body
* When 12 months old, cannot crawl or stand with support
* When over two years old, still not able to walk or push a toy with wheels
Getting your child diagnosed with CP and receiving treatment through an early intervention program is vital for improved development. However, medical treatment is expensive.
If you suspect medical malpractice played a role in your child’s disability, seek legal help as soon as possible. A cerebral palsy attorney may be able to get you the compensation you need to offset high medical costs. For a free consultation, contact the Talaska Law Firm online or call (888)791-5191.