There is nothing worse for families than to learn their baby sustained an injury during birth.
Common birth-related injuries are cerebral palsy and brachial plexus. Each of these injuries may have devastating long-term effects on the life of your child.
From medical malpractice to severe birth injuries to wrongful deaths, all of these life-altering cases can be overwhelming for victims and their families. Having a person you trust to help you navigate the legal system is essential.
Why You Should Call Dr. Grysen
Here at Grysen & Associates, we are the best fit to help you face these challenges. Dr. Elliot Grysen is a physician and member of the State Bar of Arizona, so he understands both the legal and medical sides of difficult cases.
It is devastating to trust a medical professional with your care or the care of a loved one only to sustain a preventable injury while under their watch. Dr. Grysen’s experience, in both the medical and legal fields, gives us a unique understanding of how to help victims of medical malpractice.
Cerebal palsy (CP) is brain damaged caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain during a baby’s delivery. Dr. Grysen can help you and your family if your child developed cerebral palsy after birth.
Many families struggle with knowing what causes cerebral palsy and what is cerebral palsy? CP is a group of disorders that impact a person’s movement from reducing their balance to taking away their ability to maintain normal posture. The Center for Disease Control reports it is the most common disability related to a child’s motor skills.
There are several different types of cerebral palsy.
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy: the most common form of CP; causes stiff muscles from overly increased muscle tone. Movement by individuals with Spastic Cerebral Palsy is often awkward.
- Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy: characterized by uncontrollable movement of limbs which makes it difficult for the individual to walk or to sit down.
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: problems with balance and coordination are caused by this form of CP. It is often difficult for individuals to master anything with quick movements such as reaching for an object.
The symptoms of cerebral palsy do not increase over time, however, it is important to get support for your child early in life. Some individuals with CP are able to care for themselves while others will need special equipment to be able to walk. In some cases, individuals with CP will require lifelong care.
Brachial Plexus – Erb’s Palsy
Another common birth-related injury to the brachial plexus. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons defines the brachial plexus as the point where the nerves to the arm, hand, and fingers connect to the spinal cord. These injuries occur when your baby’s shoulders are impacted causing tears or stretches to the area during birth.
Depending on the type of injury to the brachial plexus, your child may be diagnosed with Erb’s Palsy. An injury of this type impacts the upper nerves causes a loss of movement in the shoulder area.
The severity of a brachial plexus injury may vary. Some children heal by the age of 3 to 4 months old. However, many children require physical therapy for their injury or in some cases surgery to repair damage to the brachial plexus.