Understanding the different techniques in diagnosing cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) generally refers to a set of disorders affecting movement control due to injuries to the developing brain. According to the United Cerebral Palsy Association, 10,000 newborns are diagnosed with cerebral palsy each year, and close to 800,000 Americans are living with this condition. Unfortunately, many of these cases are the result of negligence and medical malpractice.

To diagnose cerebral palsy, doctors may perform one or more of these tests:

  • Electroencephalogram – A set of electrodes are attached to the scalp to check for epilepsy, which may indicate cerebral palsy in infants
  • Physical examinations – Vision, hearing, and speech tests help detect impairments that may be associated with CP
  • Brain scans – Cranial ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scan, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to check for any brain abnormalities, including CP.

If you believe your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by a medical professional’s negligence, a lawyer from The Driscoll Firm can help you file a lawsuit against the responsible party and seek much needed financial compensation. Call us today at (800) 305-9800 to learn more about pursuing such action.

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