Is There a Link Between Auto Accidents and Cerebral Palsy?
If you or your significant other has ever been pregnant, you know the lengths people go to to make sure everything goes according to plan.
The mom changes her diet, her environment must be adapted to safety changes, and there are countless doctors appointments.
All of this is done to make sure she gives birth to a happy, healthy baby.
During those nine months, there is nothing more important than the health of the mother and the unborn baby.
If you ask most parents if they want a boy or girl, most of them will simply say, "we just want the baby to be healthy."
That's really all that matters.
Boy or girl, the parents will be elated as long as their baby is healthy. Unfortunately, there things that occur that are out of your control.
Some of these occurrences are natural, and there's nothing you can do about it.
Genetics play a huge role in the birth and health of your baby. There's nothing anyone can do to change our genetics.
There are also things that can happen to the mother or the baby while she is pregnant that is anything but natural.
Things like slips and falls, or even worse, car accidents.
Car accidents have been linked to several complications during pregnancy, one of them being cerebral palsy.
A recent study shows the correlation between car accidents and children being diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
We'll take a look at that study below, and talk about what it could mean for you.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a developmental disorder and the leading cause of disability among children.
Cerebral palsy effects:
- Nearly 500,000 children and adults
- 8,000 babies
- 1,200-1,500 preschool-aged children
This disorder is the result of a brain injury that was sustained during fetal development or birth.
Children with cerebral palsy commonly struggle with walking and fine motor skills.
Because the symptoms of cerebral palsy affect the child's coordination and movement, the injury is typically not diagnosed at birth.
Cerebral palsy is usually diagnosed when a child is slow to roll over, crawl, or walk.
“Motor Vehicle Crashes During Pregnancy and Cerebral Palsy During Infancy: A Longitudinal Cohort Analysis” was a study published in the British Medicine Journal.
The study took place in Ontario between 2002 and 2012 and looked at over one million births.
Out of those one million births, 8,000 of the mothers were involved in a car accident while they were pregnant.
Of those 8,000 mothers, thirty-eight of them were involved in multiple accidents.
Fifty of the mothers had to deliver within two days of being involved in their accident.
And finally, the most important statistic, of the 8,000 children that were involved in an accident during fetal development, 2,300 of them would be diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
This means that if an expecting mother is involved in a car accident, she has a 29% greater risk of giving birth to a child with cerebral palsy.
That number jumps to 90% if the baby has to be delivered prematurely.
How it Happens
Even in low speed, low impact accidents, the force of the crash can cause trauma to the developing brain of the fetus.
When that trauma results in injuries that lead to neurological damage and impairment, the child may be diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Even if the mother wears a seatbelt and takes all the necessary precautions, it may still not be enough to prevent the child from experiencing harm.
It also will not be a guarantee that the child from won't develop cerebral palsy.
What it Means for the Child and Family
Cerebral has a huge impact and the child and its family for the rest of the child's life.
The child won't be able to lead what is considered a "normal" life, like most children, and will spend their entire life adjusting to the condition.
The child is likely going to need medical and financial assistance for the rest of his or her life.
This includes additional medical expenses, assistive devices, and other expenses incurred due to the family helping the child manage his symptoms.
If the child's cerebral palsy is the result of a medical mistake or birth injury due to something like a car accident, the family will often file suit against the responsible party.
This is typically a difficult task.
Proving that their child's cerebral palsy was caused by a car accident, and that car accident was caused by someone else, can be extremely challenging.
So, in addition to dealing with what it will mean to raise a child with cerebral palsy, parents will also have to face the challenges of the legal system.
The legal system can be very complicated, especially when it deals with multiple parties and moving parts.
Receive Legal Help Today
If your child was recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you have a lot on your plate right now.
You are almost assuredly busy meeting with teams of doctors and counselors. If the diagnosis was the result of a car accident that wasn't your fault, your plate is running over.
The best thing you can do is hire a lawyer that can help you with the legal side of things.
The lawyers at The Roth Firm have years of experience helping personal injury victims.
They will do everything in their power to be sure you and your child get what you deserve.
If you're ready to speak with the Best Cerebral Palsy Personal Injury Lawyers today, click the link below to get started.