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When your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you are undoubtedly upset. Because this condition is uncommon, you may have questions if you or a loved one’s child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. We’ve outlined some of the commonly asked questions regarding cerebral palsy.

Q: What is cerebral palsy?  What causes cerebral palsy?

A: Cerebral palsy is a permanent brain injury that can happen before, during or after birth. This injury does not get worse over time, and doctors do not consider it a disease. Cerebral palsy can be caused by a variety of factors, including lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain and premature birth. Negligence during labor, delayed C-sections and negligence to an infant in distress can also all cause cerebral palsy. Medication errors can often cause cerebral palsy as well.


Q: How common is cerebral palsy?

A: Luckily, cerebral palsy is relatively uncommon; still, it is not impossible for newborns to get this injury. Every two out of 1,000 people have cerebral palsy.  While it is more difficult to determine the exact cause of a child’s cerebral palsy, a birth injury lawyer can meet with doctors, nurses and other medical staff to investigate their practices to see if their negligence caused your child’s injury.

Q: What are the complications of cerebral palsy?

A: One of every two children living with cerebral palsy develops seizures, and up to 50 percent have some level of mental retardation. Half of those with cerebral palsy will also have strabismus. Most commonly, children with cerebral palsy have increased difficulty walking, with some not being able to walk on their own.

Q: What should I do if I think medical staff caused my child’s cerebral palsy?

If you think medical staff did not take enough steps to protect you and your baby and allowed for a preventable mistake, like lack of oxygen at birth, you may need legal assistance from a birth injury lawyer.

While not all cases of cerebral palsy are the result of doctor and nurses’ negligence during the birth of a child, in some instances, they are. If your child has cerebral palsy, he or she may have medical bills totaling thousands of dollars for the rest of his or her life. If your child’s cerebral palsy could have been preventable, you both deserve justice. At Malman Law, we have a team of lawyers who can assist you with your case. Contact us today for legal assistance.

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