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What Causes Cerebral Palsy?

There are numerous causes of cerebral palsy. CP can either be present before birth, can occur during the delivery process, or can even develop up to several years after a child is born. The disorder is most commonly diagnosed when a child is between four months and 2 years old. Occasionally, it does not appear until later in a child’s development.

Free Cerebral Palsy Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, brachial plexus palsy or Erb’s palsy, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

What’s the problem?

Cerebral palsy is a serious birth injury that affects more than 5,000 children in the United States each year. Resulting from brain damage, the causes of cerebral palsy can include birth mistakes such as physician error or negligence. This type of birth injury compromises the body’s ability to control movement and posture and often results in seizures, intellectual impairment, behavioral problems, hearing deficits, and vision disorders.

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Several of the causes of cerebral palsy that have been identified through research are preventable or treatable:

  • Childhood head injury (such as from an accident or child abuse)
  • Jaundice
  • Rh(Rhesus) incompatibility in pregnancy
  • Lead poisoning
  • Rubella (German measles) and other illnesses during pregnancy
  • Premature delivery

Chief among the causes is an insufficient amount of oxygen or poor flow of blood reaching the fetal or newborn brain. This can be caused by premature separation of the placenta, an awkward birth position, labor that goes on too long or is too abrupt, or interference with the umbilical cord.

If your child acquired cerebral palsy as a result of a birth mistake, you may be entitled to a financial award. A cerebral palsy case evaluation with birth injury lawyers experienced in this area of litigation can provide you with the information you need to proceed with your case.

Do I have a Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit?

The Birth Injury Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in cerebral palsy, brachial plexus palsy, and Erb’s palsy lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

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