Cerebral palsy in infants is not always discovered right away. Part of the reason for this is the fact that infants are only just developing muscular control and cerebral palsy is primarily noted for the problems it causes with that type of control. Sometimes, the first sign that there may be a problem is when the infant’s body seems rigid or floppy. In other cases, the infant may fail to reach milestones that are expected of any child as a part of normal development. There are other ways that this type of injury is detected, many of them quite expensive.
In some cases, doctors may want to run a series of scans on the infant to determine whether or not there’s been physical damage to the brain. Cerebral palsy is the direct result of the child being starved of oxygen due to an accident during birth, a medical condition that arises after birth, or as a result of other factors that lead to one of the aforementioned situations. Doctors will generally want to determine for sure whether or not CP is a problem as soon as possible.
The treatment of cerebral palsy, as you may have guessed, can be exceptionally expensive. First and foremost, there will be the primary medical care given in the hospital. Following that, various types of therapy and ongoing treatment are usually required. Add to this the fact that the child will generally need assistive devices, such as hearing aids and wheelchairs, and it becomes apparent how expensive treating this condition can be. In many cases, people who suffer CP have significant learning disabilities. This is not always the case, however, and some people who suffer with CP are fully developed mentally and only need assistance with the physical issues that come along with cerebral palsy.
If it’s discovered that medical negligence was a factor in your child suffering brain damage, you may wish to contact an attorney. An attorney can look over your case, determine whether there was, indeed, negligence involved and, if that is the case, press a lawsuit that may when you compensation from a jury. In some cases, the doctors at the hospital may choose to settle without going to court. Look for attorneys who work on contingency. Under such an arrangement, you don’t have to pay them any upfront fees and you don’t have to pay them unless they win.