Birth Injuries


Was My Child’s Cerebral Palsy Preventable?

March 27, 2019 by Carrie Capouellez

A cerebral palsy diagnosis can be extremely devastating for parents. Cerebral palsy requires a lifetime of specialty medical care and often leaves the affected individual incapable of taking care of him or herself. Parents with children diagnosed with cerebral palsy have many questions about their child’s condition. One of the most common questions is: was my child’s cerebral palsy preventable?

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy has many causes, but the majority of cases are congenital, meaning children are born with the condition. Congenital causes of cerebral palsy include infections during pregnancy, brain malformations, low birth weight, premature birth, multiple births, and underlying medical problems in the mother, among other conditions. However, there is a portion of cerebral palsy cases that are not congenital; for instance, cerebral palsy can occur if there is an injury immediately before, during, or after birth.

One of the most common causes of non-congenital cerebral palsy is a lack of oxygen. If an unborn baby is deprived of oxygen before, during, or immediately after birth, the baby can suffer brain damage that results in cerebral palsy. Babies can be deprived of oxygen in a variety of ways, but most commonly it occurs when a necessary C-section is delayed. Cerebral palsy can also develop during forceps or vacuum assisted deliveries. This occurs when doctors use tools (either forceps or vacuums) to aid in delivery. While successful forceps and vacuum deliveries do occur, these instruments can very easily injury new born babies and cause brain damage.

What To Do If Your Child Has Cerebral Palsy

A cerebral palsy diagnosis can send parents reeling, but it’s important to remember parents have a right to know about their child’s care and if a mistake was made. If your child has cerebral palsy, an experienced birth injury lawyer can investigate whether or not hospital staff made a mistake that caused your child’s condition.

Philadelphia Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, contact Lopez McHugh LLP today. Our experienced Philadelphia cerebral palsy lawyers can help you get answers and protect your rights. Filling a birth injury lawsuit can help you obtain compensation to pay for your child’s care and hold the physicians responsible. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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