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Most of the brain injuries which cause cerebral palsy can be prevented when doctors and other health care professionals properly monitor the mother and fetus during pregnancy and delivery.
    /24-7PressRelease/ - GLOUCESTER COUNTY, NJ, January 06, 2008 - Cerebral palsy is a birth injury which is almost always preventable. It is caused by brain injury to a baby during pregnancy, childbirth, or shortly after birth, which affects muscle control and can cause learning disabilities. With proper medical care and therapy, some children with cerebral palsy can lead fairly normal lives, but most children require life-long care.

Causes
Most of the brain injuries which cause cerebral palsy can be prevented when doctors and other health care professionals properly monitor the mother and fetus during pregnancy and delivery. Doctors should always be on the lookout for the conditions and circumstances which can cause birth brain injury. Causes of birth brain injury include:
Infection in mother or baby during pregnancy
Toxicity from inappropriate medications during pregnancy
Kidney and urinary tract infections in the mother
Rh incompatibility
Lack of oxygen
Bleeding in the brain
Severe jaundice
Stroke
Failure to respond to fetal distress
Umbilical cord strangulation
Unreasonable delay in performing a c-section
Inappropriate use of forceps
Failure to treat infant seizures

Symptoms and effects of cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy will affect each child differently, but there are some common problems which it is known to cause. These include:
Impaired speech
Learning disabilities
Visual impairment
Hearing impairment
Difficulty walking
Incontinence
Difficulty eating
Drooling
Limited motor skills
Paralysis
Seizures

Types of cerebral palsy
Different types of cerebral palsy have different physical effects on a child.

Spastic. Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common form. It makes the muscles too tight causing stiff jerky movements. This can affect different parts of the body:
Monoplegia affects only one arm or one leg
Diplegia affects both arms or both legs
Hemiplegia affects the arm and leg on one side of the body
Triplegia affects both arms and one leg or both legs and one arm
Quadriplegia affects both arms and both legs

Ataxic. Having the opposite effect of spastic cerebral palsy, ataxic cerebral palsy causes the muscles to be weak and can cause difficulty walking and maintaining balance.

Athetoid. In athetoid cerebral palsy the muscles alternate between being too weak and too tight. This can cause involuntary movements and make it difficult to stay upright.

Caring for a child with cerebral palsy
Children with cerebral palsy require extensive medical treatment, therapy and long-term care. Physical, emotional, and cognitive impairment can range from mild to extreme, requiring a variety of treatment methods and approaches. Children with cerebral palsy often require:
Physical therapy
Speech therapy
Occupational therapy
Psychological treatment
Surgery
Medications to prevent seizures
Full time in-home care or institutionalization

New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer Michael L. Weiss, Esq. has handled over a dozen of these types of claims and recently achieved identical 1.5 million dollar jury verdicts in two separate cases involving two different children. If your child has suffered a birth injury or birth trauma, please contact Weiss & Paarz, P.C., today.


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