Cerebral Palsy Misdiagnosis: What are the Consequences, and What Can Parents Do About It?

A new baby brings an immeasurable amount of joy to new parents, but also a heap of responsibility and worry — particularly if the baby suffered an injury or was negatively impacted by complications during birth. While it’s understandable for parents to lean on the expertise of their physician to diagnose their child’s condition, doctors sometimes misread symptoms and signs, and misdiagnoses do happen.

The top birth injury lawyers at Gershon, Willoughby, & Getz, LLC have seen the consequences of a wrong diagnosis for children:

  • Who have cerebral palsy and didn’t receive proper treatment because their doctor identified the condition as something else; 
  • Who have a different condition but were presented with a cerebral palsy diagnosis and thus received the wrong treatment.

We can’t overstate the importance of a proper diagnosis when it comes to cerebral palsy. Any time lost pursuing the wrong treatment course can delay or hinder a child’s development, and in some cases prevent their recovery.

Doctors have a responsibility to follow certain guidelines when making diagnoses, to take the appropriate amount of time to monitor symptoms before reaching a conclusion, and even to seek second opinions from physicians with more cerebral palsy expertise. When they don’t do that, and a misdiagnosis occurs, parents can seek the guidance of lawyers who specialize in birth injury and cerebral palsy cases and know how to prove medical negligence.

Parents don’t have to feel powerless when their children are experiencing seizures or other common CP symptoms. There are some steps you can take to make sure your child gets an accurate diagnosis. This quick video provides a checklist:

For more information on the subject of cerebral palsy misdiagnosis or to schedule a consultation with some of the country’s leading birth injury lawyers, fill out a contact form on our website to get in touch with our team.

Sources: https://www.childbirthinjuries.com/cerebral-palsy/diagnosis/misdiagnosis/



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