Cerebral Palsy from Near-Drowning

Most cases of cerebral palsy stem from childbirth and its complications. However, children are still prone to developing the disorder within the first three years of life as a result of brain damage or trauma.

A near-drowning experience is one of the non-medical catalysts for the development of cerebral palsy. Trauma from this occurrence affects a young child emotionally and physically. Although a young child may have escaped death by drowning, he or she has an increased chance of developing cerebral palsy.

Water Safety Tips with Toddlers

Follow these tips when supervising small children around water to prevent drowning accidents and an increased risk of cerebral palsy:

  • Hold toddlers when swimming
  • Use securely attached flotation devices on toddlers
  • Place goggles over his or her eyes

Following these simple water safety tips can prevent injuries or other traumatic accidents in or near bodies of water. If a child in the first few years of life survives a frightening near-drowning accident, he or she should immediately be tested for cerebral palsy. Blood tests, EEG’s and vision tests are viable procedures that may discover the onset of this condition.

If you believe your child has developed cerebral palsy from a near-drowning experience and someone’s negligence was involved, an experienced legal team with full understanding of cerebral palsy can represent you and defend your rights.

Contact a Cerebral Palsy Attorney

To learn more about how to pursue legal action against someone whose negligence may have caused cerebral palsy in your child or a loved one, contact the competent lawyers at The Driscoll Firm by calling 800-305-9800.


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