While some who live with cerebral palsy thrive in spite of their disabilities, as seen in the recent heroic acts of one Steven Ciccone in the most recent train derailment in the Bronx, many of those who suffer cerebral palsy and other similar birth injuries have to deal with a wide range of medical issues. Victims of severe birth-related brain damage may need full-time care for their entire lives. These injuries are frequently the result of medical malpractice. Consider the following about birth-related brain damage:

Common types of birth-related brain damage and head trauma

There are a number of conditions that can result from a birth-related brain injury. One of the most common is cerebral palsy, at a rate of two births out of every 1,000. A newborn may also suffer from conditions such as subgaleal hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage and subdural hemorrhage.

Symptoms of birth-related brain damage

The victim of a brain-related birth injury may experience lifelong symptoms ranging from mild to severe, including cognitive impairment, motor ability impairment, communication issues, seizures and behavioral disorders. It may also result in impaired senses, such as blindness or deafness.

Causes of birth-related brain damage

Brain damage during birth is often caused by mistakes leading up to the delivery and while in the delivery room, including the following medical staff errors:

  • Inadequate prenatal testing and diagnosis
  • Inadequate post-birth monitoring
  • Delay in performing a C-section
  • Excess force used during delivery

If your child sustained a birth injury, contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer today to discuss your case. A skilled attorney can advise you about the full extent of your legal rights and options.