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Cerebral Palsy Risk Factors

Sadly, one of the leading risk factors for the development of cerebral palsy is medical malpractice. This is also one of the most emotional and difficult things to deal with, as parents don’t want to find out their child’s condition could have been prevented by the doctor, nurse, or another medical professional. When mistakes are made during the birthing process, the responsible healthcare providers should be held accountable.

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?

Risk factors are variables that have been observed to have an effect on the diagnosis of medical conditions. Risk factors do not, by themselves, indicate that a condition will occur, nor does the lack of a risk factor mean that a condition will not occur. The presence of risk factors may simply point to an increased likelihood, not a certainty, for the development of cerebral palsy.

Most children with cerebral palsy don’t have any apparent problems during development in the womb and birth. Aside from medical malpractice, some factors that may increase the risk of cerebral palsy include:

  • Premature birth – A normal pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. Babies who are born less than 37 weeks into the pregnancy are at higher risk of cerebral palsy. The earlier the baby is born, the greater the risk of cerebral palsy.
  • Low birth weight – Babies who weigh less than 5.5 pounds (2.5 kilograms) are at higher risk of developing cerebral palsy. This risk increases as birth weight falls.
  • Breech births – Babies who are in a feet-first position (breech presentation) at the beginning of labor are more likely to have cerebral palsy.
  • Multiple babies – The risk of cerebral palsy increases with the number of babies sharing the uterus. If one or more of the other babies die, the chances that the survivors may develop cerebral palsy increase.
  • Toxic substances – Babies whose mothers were exposed to toxins, such as mercury, during pregnancy are at higher risk of having cerebral palsy.
  • Mother’s health – Women who have thyroid problems, mental retardation or seizures are at higher risk of having a baby with cerebral palsy.

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 lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

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