Cerebral palsy (CP) results from a brain injury occurring in the prenatal period, in the perinatal period, or–less commonly–in the first few years of life. Yet, in spite of the fact that the brain injury leading to cerebral palsy often occurs before or around the time of birth, typically doctors cannot diagnose that a child has CP until much later.
On average, CP is not diagnosed before a child’s first birthday. Further, some experts suggest that a definitive diagnosis should be deferred until a child’s second birthday. On top of that, in less severe cases of CP, a physician may delay making the diagnosis until a child reaches age four or five.
The particular age at which a child receives a CP diagnosis may depend on a number of factors, including (but definitely not limited to) when a child exhibits symptoms of CP (for example, poor muscle control) and when a parent reaches out to doctors about the symptoms.
You may have questions about your child’s medical condition. You also may have questions about whether medical negligence led to your child’s condition. Well, if you do have questions, I encourage you to pick up the phone and call me. I can answer your legal questions. This is something I do, and I would love to chat with you. You can reach me at 410-513-9978 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.