Parents of children who are born with birth injuries often wonder whether their child’s injury is permanent or whether some degree of recovery is possible. Some birth injuries can heal partially or fully with the right treatment. Other birth injuries, like cerebral palsy, are permanent in nature and will require specialized medical care throughout the entirety of the injured child’s life.
Some types of birth injuries, like bruises, broken blood vessels in the eyes, collarbone fractures, and facial paralysis, are quick to heal. Other conditions, such as Erb’s palsy and other types of brachial plexus injuries, are temporary in some cases and permanent in others, depending upon the degree of nerve injury or damage. For example, in cases where a baby has a brachial plexus injury with minor nerve injury, exercises or stretches may be prescribed to help promote healing and recovery. In other cases, the child may have to live with the loss of mobility.
Other conditions may be temporary, but can lead to permanent harm if they are not treated properly. Newborn jaundice is not a permanent condition, but it can lead to brain damage if it is not treated quickly enough. In some cases, the brain damage that is caused by jaundice can even lead to cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy, along with some other types of birth injuries, is a permanent medical condition. Children with birth injuries that are permanent in nature are likely to require specialized medical care and treatment for their entire lives.
If you have a child with a birth injury, it may be helpful to seek out a doctor who specializes in treating children who have the same type of birth injury that your child has. If you are able to get in contact with a doctor who has treated children in similar circumstances, that doctor may be able to provide a more accurate assessment as to whether your child’s injury is permanent. This doctor also may be able to determine if your child may make a full or partial recovery and may be able to suggest the treatments that are most likely to help your child recover from his or her birth injury.
If your child has a birth injury, you and your child may be able to recover financially for the damages that he or she has suffered, whether the injury is permanent or not. Birth injuries often require costly medical care and treatment and even injuries from which a child is likely to eventually recover can place a financial strain on families who are trying to balance providing for their children and spending time raising their children. My name is Charles H. Thronson, of Parsons Behle & Latimer, and I can help you pursue financial recovery that will ensure that your child will always have the care that he or she needs. I work with families from Utah and all over the United States to obtain financial recovery for their children with birth injuries. If you have any questions about birth injury lawsuits, I would be happy to do what I can to answer them. Please contact my office or myself at CThronson@parsonsbehle.com to schedule a consultation.
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