Causes of Cerebral Palsy
While there is no specific clear-cut cause that has been determined to be responsible for cerebral palsy, the general consensus is that it is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain (hypoxia), a severe lack of supply of oxygen to the body (asphyxia), birth trauma, premature delivery and central nervous system infections or certain infections in the mother before or during birth. The majority of children who have cerebral palsy are born with it. A small percentage of children may develop cerebral palsy after birth due to abuse, near drowning, severe head trauma, meningitis, severe jaundice, and encephalitis.
Contact The Law Offices of Bruce G. Fagel & Associates today if your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. It is possible that medical malpractice or negligence led to your child’s condition and that you can recover financial compensation for medical expenses, continued medical care and more. You will need a skilled California medical malpractice lawyer at your side to have the best chance of maximum recovery.
Can Medical Malpractice Cause Cerebral Palsy?
In some cases, cerebral palsy may be linked to negligence or wrongdoing on the part of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional during childbirth or the treatment of a mother during pregnancy:
- Failure to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord
- Failure to perform or delay in performing a cesarean section when necessary
- Failure to plan a cesarean section for an infant that is too large to pass through the birth canal
- Negligence or malpractice in performing an instrumental delivery (vacuum or forceps)
- Failure to diagnose and treat meningitis in a timely manner
The areas above are just a few of the specific actions that could lead to cerebral palsy. By carefully reviewing the specific circumstances of the delivery and your treatment during childbirth, an experienced malpractice lawyer can determine whether medical negligence may have led to your child’s condition.
California Cerebral Palsy & Malpractice Lawyer
If your child is suffering from developmental delays or problems with motor skills, it is possible that he or she sustained a birth injury that has led to cerebral palsy. Medical malpractice lawyer Dr. Bruce Fagel can help. As a highly experienced medical malpractice attorney with a background in medicine, Dr. Fagel is uniquely qualified to represent clients in medical malpractice lawsuits. With his knowledge and familiarity with medicine and the legal field, Dr. Fagel is able to secure positive results for his clients in the cerebral palsy cases he pursues.