Cerebral palsy is a medical condition that involves muscle contractions and involuntary reflexive movements in some or all of the body. The condition affects the posture, coordination, and balance of the individual who has it. The symptoms of cerebral palsy can range widely, from mild muscle movements to debilitating seizures, vision and hearing problems, and intellectual disabilities. Cerebral palsy is associated with brain development or injury before, during, or after birth. There are various types of brain damage that can cause different types of cerebral palsy.
What Causes the Brain Damage that Leads to Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is caused when the developing brain is damaged; there are several ways that damage can occur. For instance, an infection may impede neurological development of the neurons and synapses of the brain, or there may be trauma during childbirth or after.
Some of the common causes of a disruption in a child’s brain development are:
It typically takes doctors up to 18-24 months to diagnose children with cerebral palsy. However, it could take longer if the child only has a mild case. It isn’t always possible to determine the exact cause of cerebral palsy, but there are tests, scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that may reveal damage in the brain that provide clues to the cause.
Birth Injuries that Lead to Cerebral Palsy
About 10 percent of cerebral palsy cases occur due to injuries at birth. Asphyxiation is the most common cause of these birth injuries and it happens most frequently in delivery rooms. Even though medical care – including obstetric care – is better than it has ever been, there are many cases of cerebral palsy that could have been prevented. These injuries are caused by medical errors, neglect, or malpractice. Some of the circumstances that can lead to birth injuries include failing to:
These situations result from not performing proper medical procedures in the delivery room and can lead to cerebral palsy. The medical professionals who cause these types of mistakes or neglect can often be held accountable for their errors in a medical malpractice claim.
Finding Legal Help for Cerebral Palsy Cases
Some cases of cerebral palsy are caused by medical mistakes or negligence and parents of children with the condition may be able to obtain a financial recovery by holding medical professionals legally accountable for the mistakes.
Ross Feller Casey is an experienced law firm with an unmatched track record of winning medical malpractice cases involving cerebral palsy. We have leading doctors on staff to look at medical records to determine if your child’s condition was caused by medical mistakes or negligence.
All of our cases are handled on a contingency basis, so you will not have any charges until you receive a financial award for your case. Contact Ross Feller Casey today and let one of our leading cerebral palsy attorneys review your case for free.
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