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Fighting for Your Child with a Birth Injury - Cerebral Palsy 

Jeff Martin July 31, 2023

Has your child been diagnosed with cerebral palsy? According to the CDC, cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in children. According to CDC statistics, cerebral palsy is prevalent in 1 to 4 out of 1,000 live births. It affects a child's mobility and ability to move independently, along with many other complications that affect a child's health and well-being.

One cause of cerebral palsy is medical malpractice during birth. If your child has been diagnosed with this serious health condition, you need our top Oklahoma medical malpractice attorneys to fight by your side. Our attorneys represent families in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and across the state to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.

Understanding Cerebral Palsy

The word cerebral refers to the brain, while palsy refers to a lack or damage to motor function. Cerebral palsy is a group of neurological conditions affecting the brain which causes varying degrees of lack of mobility in an infant or young child. According to the Mayo Clinic, cerebral palsy affects movement and muscle tone or posture and is caused by damage that occurs to a developing brain.

These conditions can be spotted early in a child who cannot hold their head up, has limited or no control of their muscle movements, seizures, blindness, difficulty or unable to feed self, loss of hearing, and other conditions related to damage to the brain before or during birth.

In some cases, the condition may have been prevented by the doctor, nurse, or hospital if proper care had been given to the baby. In these cases, it's important to understand the causes of CP in order to identify an instance of medical negligence. If you suspect that your baby developed cerebral palsy due to a case of negligence, schedule a free lawyer consultation today. 

Cerebral Palsy Causes and Risk Factors

You will likely want to know the causes of cerebral palsy, or CP, if you have a child who was recently diagnosed with this condition. There are several risk factors that may cause a child to develop cerebral palsy.

CP is known to be caused by a lack of oxygen to the baby's brain just before, during, or after a baby's birth. While cerebral palsy is caused by a number of different complications, it is known that it can be caused by medical negligence from a doctor or nurse. Other causes and risk factors include:

  • Negligence to the baby and mother before, during, and after the baby's birth

  • Misuse of forceps on the baby's head during birth

  • Infant brain injury during delivery

  • Premature birth

  • Maternal infection

  • Placenta detachment 

  • Uterine rupture

  • Umbilical cord problems during birth

These can all lead to the development of cerebral palsy in an infant or a young child.

What Are Possible Signs of Cerebral Palsy?

Potential signs of cerebral palsy just after birth may include:

  • Seizures

  • Signs on CT or MRI scans

  • Lack of control of muscles

According to the Mayo Clinic, as the child grows, they may have delays in development such as speech and eating, motor skills, learning difficulties, intellectual disabilities, and delays in growth.

When Should I Look For An Attorney? 

If you believe that your child developed CP due to the negligence of a medical professional, it is important to take action as soon as possible. This way your child can receive the compensation they need to ensure they have the best medical care to improve their quality of life. 

Our medical malpractice attorneys are prepared to fight for your family and make sure that doctors, nurses, and hospitals are held accountable for your child's condition. Many hospitals will attempt to minimise or rebuke your claim of negligence, which is why it's key to have an experienced birth injury attorney at your side. Medical expenses can be an undue burden, and our attorneys are prepared to get compensation for your family to help meet the needs of medical treatment and therapies for your child.

While there is no cure for cerebral palsy, compensation for your child's birth injury will help ensure they receive the best treatments available to improve their quality of life. Our medical malpractice attorneys of Jeff Martin Law will work with you to seek this compensation for your child. 

How Often Do Birth Injuries Cause Cerebral Palsy? 

CP is a complex set of neurological conditions with many different causes. However, about 20 percent of cerebral palsy cases are caused by a birth injury. Many of these birth injuries are caused by the negligence of medical professionals during birth.

Although cases of CP can be caused in other ways, there are many preventable cases due to a birth injury caused by negligence or medical malpractice. These cases of medical malpractice must be held accountable. Our top Oklahoma attorneys at Jeff Martin Law are ready to represent your family. 

Take Action Now - Hire A Top Birth Injury Lawyer 

It is important to have a team by your side when facing a birth injury due to negligence. If you suspect that your child developed cerebral palsy due to a birth injury, contact us now. 

With our experienced team, Jeff Martin Law is prepared to get the care your child deserves and the compensation they need. Our attorneys will provide the compassionate and skilled representation that you and your child deserve.

Compensation for a birth injury can help pay for child care and continued care, ongoing medical bills, and adaptive equipment. We are ready to fight for the care that your child needs. Contact us immediately to get the top representation you and your child deserve.