Causes of Cerebral Palsy

A permanent condition that may be the result of a birth injury, cerebral palsy primarily affects muscle control. But it may also affect the child’s cognitive development and growth depending on the level of brain damage suffered during birth.

A wide range of problems come with cerebral palsy such as seizures, involuntary muscle movements, stiffness or stillness, speech problems, vision and hearing loss, and learning disability. Though mild cases may affect merely, balance and coordination, severe infliction can render victims to life in a wheelchair with round-the-clock care.

Compensation may be available to children and families whose child’s condition was caused by medical negligence at birth. Contact a birth injury attorney at Balkin & Eisbrouch to learn more about your potential claim.

Medical malpractice, negligence and other causes of cerebral palsy

Responsibility for identifying and responding to emergencies in the delivery wrong belongs to the attending medical team and facility where the delivery occurs. A classic example of a delivery room emergency is oxygen deprivation (hypoxia or asphyxia) which places the baby in a state of fetal distress. Medical personnel should be able handle this type of emergency quickly and competently and avoid contributing to one of the most common causes of cerebral palsy.

Other common causes of cerebral palsy include:

  • Failure to perform a timely C-section
  • Misuse of forceps or vacuums, and/or other improper handling of instruments
  • Infection
  • Failure to observe standard protocal with regard to oversized/underweight babies, breech birth, or premature delivery
  • Excessive use of force to deliver the baby
  • Umbilical cord problems

Talk to cerebral palsy attorneys

The attorneys at Balkin & Eisbrouch understand the hardships facing families whose babies are the victims of medical negligence.  In addition to offering some measure of justice, a favorable outcome in a cerebral palsy lawsuit may help alleviate some of the hardships and stresses that accompany caring for a child afflicted with this terrible condition.

If you suspect medical negligence or malpractice caused your child’s cerebral palsy, call today for a free consultation. There are never any fees unless we win your case.