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What causes cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy affects the brain and nerves. It affects the child's ability to move, speak, and perform basic tasks that involve motor skills. A child may be wheelchair-bound, depending on the severity and progression of the diagnosis.
Injury to the mother or child may be a factor in the development of infant cerebral palsy, along with the following:
- Cerebral Dysgenesis - Anything that could factor into impairment of healthy brain development, including a lack of oxygen to the fetus, or head trauma during or after a birth.
- Periventricular Leukomalacia - Death of brain tissue, cells and "white matter" that is a vital component to the brain's ability to take in and process information die off. This is usually caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain. The mother's blood pressure should be monitored, as well as her oxygen levels.
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy - Damage via lack of proper blood or oxygen flow to the brain close to birth. Once again, proper monitoring of the mother and fetus' oxygen levels, blood pressure and heart rates is crucial.
- Genetic Factors - Doctors who suspect that risk factors for cerebral palsy may be genetic should order testing. Early detection is incredibly important.
- Infections, especially those that the mother is carrying.
- Head injuries during or after delivery
Cerebral palsy is a non-progressive disorder, which means it does not get worse over time. There are four types: Spastic, Athetoid, Ataxic and Mixed, with 70% of cases falling into the "spastic" category. These children are capable of leading rewarding lives, but proper measures should be taken in order to ensure that the risk of CP via a birth injury is close to none. Unfortunately, some obstetricians and other medical providers do not take those measures.
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Don't settle for less than the unique approach our firm offers. Attorney Joseph F. Brown can provide a free case evaluation if your child has been impacted by cerebral palsy as the result of a birth injury. You need justice, and compensation for the physical, emotional and financial trouble you have suffered. Don't hesitate, contact us and act on your patient rights.