Cerebral Palsy

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Most developmental delays improve over time. Sometimes, however, a more serious underlying medical condition is the cause. Cerebral Palsy is a medical condition that happens to a newborn when a part of the brain responsible for muscle control is damaged. The damage can happen before, during or after birth and can cause a child to have poor coordination, poor balance, or abnormal movement patterns.

What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
What are the Different Types of Cerebral Palsy?
How is Cerebral Palsy Diagnosed?
What Other Medical Disorders are Associated with Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy Helpful Links and Resources 

Understanding the facts about Cerebral Palsy will help your family determine if you need to consult a Cerebral palsy lawyer.

What Causes Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is typically not a progressive condition. Damage to the brain is a one-time event, so it will not get worse. Medical mistakes can cause cerebral palsy. Every doctor and other health care professional must follow certain standards when treating their patients. If they don’t follow those standards and either a birth injury or death occurs, it might be medical negligence or malpractice.  Some situations where medical negligence might occur include the failure to:

  • Provide the right prenatal care
  • Provide the right support during labor and delivery
  • Diagnose and treat an infection in the mother
  • Diagnose and treat early labor
  • Diagnose a dangerously large baby
  • Manage an extended pregnancy
  • Respond to bleeding
  • Treat placental abruption
  • Treat preeclampsia or maternal infections
  • Safely  manage labor and delivery or a delay in delivery
  • Act on fetal heart monitor changes and evidence of fetal distress
  • Correctly use a vacuum extractor or forceps during delivery
  • Perform a timely cesarean section (C-section) to remove a baby in distress
  • Successfully resuscitate and intubate a newborn 

Other causes of cerebral palsy might be severe brain injury or head trauma, severe dehydration, genetic damage, prematurity, bacterial meningitis, severe jaundice, or maternal infection such as rubella.

Does Your Child Have Cerebral Palsy?

Medical errors at hospitals are not always reported and, worse, they sometimes get covered up. If your child suffered a birth injury that resulted in Cerebral Palsy during your pregnancy or at the time of delivery, we may be able to help. Our team has the experience, knowledge, and resources needed to pursue justice for our client’s losses.

About Our Birth Injury Attorneys

At Robins Kaplan LLP, our birth injury lawyers and medical advisors have years of experience sifting through medical records to uncover the truth. We find out the cause of birth injuries and whether the actions of the medical team played a part in causing them.

Year after year, we have been recognized for recovering substantial settlements for people who have suffered from medical malpractice.

Contact Us for a Free Case Evaluation

Call 1.800.552.7115 or complete our free case evaluation form to speak to a medical analyst who understands. There is no charge for this call or evaluation.

Our attorneys handle matters primarily in Minnesota, Iowa, North DakotaSouth Dakota, and Wisconsin.


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