Hyptonic Cerebral Palsy Caused By Birth Injury
It’s estimated that cerebral palsy affects 1 in 100 babies at the time of their birth. This is a developmental disorder which was once thought to be caused by a genetic abnormality or ‘fate’. However, over the last few decades, medical error has come out as the clear cause of this tragic disease that will follow a child for the rest of their lives.
Is It Possible to File a Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit?
Hypotonic cerebral palsy refers to a type of cerebral palsy that causes weak muscle tone. Cerebral palsy can be caused by a number of medical conditions that we’ll take a look at shortly. That being said, it is important to note that medical negligence almost always leads to the possibility of filing a birth injury lawsuit, targeting the doctors who assisted in or carried out the delivery as well as the hospital. Because they did not provide you or your loved one with a certain standard of care, leading to your baby’s injury, you have a surefire shot of suing and collecting money damages.
Here are some of the medical conditions that lead to hypotonic cerebral palsy:
- The misusing of tongs, clamps or vacuum pumps during the delivery, putting undue pressure on the baby’s head.
- An unchecked infection during the prenatal stage moving from the mother’s body and into the baby which then goes on to attack the growing fetus’s brain
- Delivery doctors failing to actively monitor both the baby’s and mother’s vitals during delivery
- Failing to perform cesarean section during fetal distress
- Not treating jaundice in the baby shortly after delivery fast.
All the conditions we’ve mentioned above may cause a child to suffer a stroke which effectively cuts oxygen supply to certain areas of the brain. When the area that controls movement, coordination and muscle tone is affected, hypotonic cerebral palsy occurs.
With hypotonic cerebral palsy, watch out for these signs:
- The baby may have a hard time holding its head upright, and it may lean on one side or the other.
- Your child may not be able to stand, crawl or use their limbs to hold on to something due to poor muscle tone
- Problems feeding and constant choking or fighting to breathe due to poor muscle tone in the throat.
- They may have poor posture and may stand awkwardly
- They may also miss important developmental milestones in comparison to other children.
Legal Help for Cerebral Palsy Cases
Hypotonic cerebral palsy can be managed via physical therapy and specialized equipment that the child must wear for possibly the rest of their life. This can be expensive and wear down any family. We believe that you shouldn’t have to pay for the costs of raising a child with cerebral palsy if someone else caused your child’s birth injury. By filing a cerebral palsy lawsuit, you’ll be able to collect sufficient money damages that will possibly provide your child with a near normal shot at life. Please call us today on 877-561-3004 for your free consultation into cerebral palsy cases. Thanks for choosing us, and we look forward to hearing from you.