Texas Birth Injury Attorney
Representing Families Affected by Birth Injuries Throughout Texas
Some children are permanently damaged during delivery. In some cases, the injury was unavoidable, while in others, the injury and subsequent physical and cognitive disabilities are the direct result of medical negligence. The range of injuries that could be the result of a medical error, or a failure to provide the accepted standard of care includes:
CP, or cerebral palsy, is a motor condition affecting body movement. This condition may be the result of damage to the motor control center of a developing baby’s brain, which can occur during gestation (pregnancy), at birth, or during the earliest years of life.
Classifications of CP
CP is not curable; medical treatment is generally focused upon trying to prevent the various complications associated with the condition. There are several classifications of CP, including the most common types: spastic cerebral palsy, ataxic cerebral palsy, athetoid/dyskinetic cerebral palsy, and mixed cerebral palsy. Each condition presents a distinct set of physical and cognitive deficiencies. A brief outline of just a few of the motion-related classifications:
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy
In this type of CP, the patient suffers an extreme level of muscular tension, significantly affecting mobility. The condition is typically associated with lesions. The patient often has involuntary movements and spasms, and patients are likely to develop arthritis and tendinitis as they reach adulthood.
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
About 10 percent of cases are classed as ataxic. The symptoms include tremors, reduced muscle control, balance and coordination issues, and difficulties associated with processing visual and auditory information.
- Athetoid Cerebral Palsy
Children who are afflicted with this form of CP often cannot sit or stand, and exhibit involuntary body motions. They can have difficulty holding objects or performing actions associated with fine motor control, with both rigidity and floppiness. Babies who have high levels of bilirubin and do not get treatment early can suffer a specific type of brain damage leading to condition.
- Mixed Cerebral Palsy
This form of CP is a combination of the other forms, presenting several symptoms from the other classifications.
All forms of cerebral palsy are the result of brain damage. The condition can be caused by infections prior to or after birth, or restricted oxygen to the brain during the birth process. Although there are several ways a child could acquire the developmental disorder, an estimated 20 percent of the cases are the result of difficulties encountered during birth. Physician negligence, and a failure to provide the accepted standard of care, is the underlying reason for many children who acquire cerebral palsy.
Other Birth Injuries
There are several other birth injuries that can leave the parents and the child facing a lifetime of challenges:
- Erb’s Palsy
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Brachial Plexus Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Internal Bleeding
Resources for Parents of Children with CP in Texas
Many groups provide support to families who have a child with CP. These include the following organizations and medical centers:
- United Cerebral Palsy Association of Texas
- Easter Seals Greater Houston
- Texas Children’s Hospital
- Memorial Hermann-TIRR
Birth Injuries: Brain Damage
Oxygen deprivation resulting in brain damage is, sadly, one of the more common types of birth injuries. When the brain does not have sufficient oxygen, it can result in serious disabilities, including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, intellectual disabilities, developmental disorders, and physical impairments. Damage to the infant’s brain can result in neurological disorders such as seizures, difficulties in breathing, and reduced or abnormal mobility. A child who, during the birth process, has restricted oxygen to the brain may be permanently disabled. If medical negligence is the underlying cause of the condition, legal action should be taken to seek to recover adequate compensation to care for the child in the years ahead.
Resources for Parents of Children with Birth Brain Damage
Various resources, including support organizations and hospitals with special units for brain-damaged patients. These resources are helpful to families of children with brain damage.
- Brain Injury Association of America (Texas Division)
- Texas Brain Injury Alliance
- Memorial Hermann-TIRR Houston
- UT Southwestern Medical Center
Your Rights: Legal Cases Involving Child Birth Injuries
Not all birth injuries are the result of medical negligence, but unfortunately, many cases in the United States each year are the result of a medical professional failing to provide the accepted standard of care during childbirth. In these cases, several parties may be liable, including the medical professionals involved, the hospital, or another party. In cases of medical malpractice, it is critical that legal counsel is contacted as soon as the parents become aware that the child has one of these conditions.
An investigation into the facts, and the details of what occurred during the birth process (or during pregnancy), must be initiated as soon as possible. These cases, when successful, allow the child to have access to the financial resources to provide the best possible quality of life in the years ahead. For information about the legal issues in a birth injury case, contact Texas birth injury lawyers from Birth Injury Safety. We can be reached at (214) 974-4121.