According to recent studies, about two or three out of every 1,000 children is diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) and approximately 500,000 children and adults are currently living with the condition nationwide. Cerebral palsy refers to a group of conditions that affect the control of movement and posture. Because of the area of the brain that is damaged, the condition prevents those affected from moving their muscles properly. This brain damage can cause other issues, including mental retardation, seizures, hearing, speech, and vision problems, and learning disabilities.
The Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is classified into three major types: spastic cerebral palsy, athetoid or dyskenetic cerebral palsy, and ataxic cerebral palsy. A person can have the symptoms of just one of the classifications, or more than one.
Cerebral palsy can occur for a variety of different reasons, some of which aren’t preventable. Unfortunately, one of the causes is due to a doctor’s error. Common causes of CP include the following:
- Lack of oxygen to the fetus during labor. Although this cause is typically the most talked about, it is not the most common cause of cerebral palsy. A small percentage of children with CP experience the condition because of a doctor’s error that results in an insufficient amount of oxygen to the brain during delivery.
- Infections during pregnancy. About 70 percent of children who are affected by cerebral palsy develop the condition while in the womb. One of the most common reasons is infections in the mother. Rubella, cytomegalovirus, and toxoplasmosis are infections that can cause brain damage and cerebral palsy in fetuses.
- Prematurity. Babies who weigh less than 3 1/3 lbs. are 30 times more likely to develop CP than babies who are delivered full term. Typically, the babies suffer bleeding in the brain, which can damage delicate brain tissue.
Was Your Child’s CP Caused by a Medical Mistake?
If you believe a doctor’s error caused your child to develop cerebral palsy, either before or during delivery, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation, and the legal team of Holton Law Firm wants to help. Contact us today by calling 888-443-4387 and schedule your consultation to speak with an attorney about your situation.