Cerebral palsy is a non-progressive condition caused by a type of brain
damage that happened before, during, or after birth. Cerebral palsy can
lead to impairment that affects a child’s ability to control and
move their muscles.
When it comes to cerebral palsy, parents are rightfully concerned as to
how it happened to their child. This question is not always easy to answer.
In some cases, cerebral palsy is caused by factors that cannot be controlled
or prevented. In others, the brain damage may have resulted from negligence
during labor or delivery. Determining which caused your child’s
condition is critical to determining whether you have a potential birth
Beam & Raymond is a nationally recognized birth injury law firm that
assists victims and families in understanding their rights following medical
malpractice. Because these cases entail a great deal of medical information,
it becomes essential for families to work with experienced lawyers who
understand the causes of cerebral palsy and whether the condition could
and should have been prevented if not for substandard care provided by
a physician, nurse, or medical professional.
Generally, cerebral palsy may involve:
Birth injuries – Injuries during birth account for a significant percentage of
cerebral palsy cases, and may include injuries that occur during labor,
delivery, or immediately after birth. Often, these injuries are preventable
if not for medical malpractice or neglect.
When it comes to determining the cause of cerebral palsy and whether it
could have been prevented, all aspects of pregnancy and birth must be
- Before birth – There are a number of factors during the development
of a fetus that can indicate increased risks of cerebral palsy. These
could include fetal stroke, infections in the mother, nutritional deficits,
exposure to teratogens, and inadequate care. Some of these factors might
be unavoidable, but if they could and should have been identified during
pregnancy and risks effectively managed, victims may have a potential
medical malpractice case.
- During birth – Cerebral palsy can be caused by many issues during
labor and delivery. In regard to medical malpractice, errors on the part
of medical professionals can cause the condition. This includes failures
to identify fetal distress, such as a lack of oxygen to the baby (birth
asphyxia), and take appropriate action, such as a timely C-section. Causes
of cerebral palsy during birth may also be related to the improper use
of forceps or a vacuum extractor. Medical professionals may also fail
to identify and address preventable causes of the condition, including
obstruction of a baby’s airway, placental abruption, dehydration,
uterine rupture, and other complications.
Although the cause of cerebral palsy can be difficult to establish, there
are risk factors and signs that indicate complications and issues which
may lead to brain damage and CP. Medical professionals should be aware
of these risks and signs, and should take appropriate measures to address
them in a timely and acceptable manner when they occur. If they fail to
act when most medical professionals would have taken action, there is
a strong case for medical malpractice. However, the unique facts and circumstances
surrounding the birth and what took place must always be thoroughly evaluated.
By working with proven birth injury lawyers from Beam & Raymond, you
can receive the compassionate support and experienced representation you
need to determine whether your child’s cerebral palsy was preventable
and take legal action against the responsible health care providers. Our
legal team has handled several hundreds of cases involving cerebral palsy
over 34 years in 25 states, and we are familiar with many ways that medical
negligence can cause the condition. We encourage you to bring your case
to the attention of our legal team for a personalized case evaluation.
To discuss your case personally with a Chicago brain injury lawyer from
our team, contact us for a FREE consultation. We serve families throughout
the United States.