Cerebral Palsy Malpractice Lawyers – Chicago, IL
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy (CP) is caused by damage to a baby’s brain. The injury can occur at the beginning of pregnancy, during labor, or within the first two years of the babies life. Cerebral palsy can be caused by oxygen deprivation during labor or after birth. A family can be awarded compensation if their attorneys can prove in court that signs and symptoms of the risk factors that cause CP went unrecognized.
What Causes CP?
Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to a baby’s brain or abnormal brain development that can also lead to developmental delays or delays in development – including things such as rolling over, sitting, crawling, feeding and walking.
Common causes of CP include asphyxia (decrease in oxygen) to your baby’s brain before birth, an infection while pregnant, and hypoxia (lack of oxygen) to your baby during labor / delivery or during birth.
Some risk factors during pregnancy that can cause CP:
- Gestational diabetes
- High blood pressure during pregnancy
- Incompetent cervix
- Infection while pregnant
- Maternal seizures
- Placental abruption
- Premature birth
- Pregnant with multiples (twins, triplets, etc…)
- Umbillical cord prolapse
- Undiagnosed, untreated hypothyroidism during pregnancy
CP can be caused by problems that occur during labor and delivery:
Common problems include; issues with the baby’s heart rate (decelerations, bradycardia or a low heart rate), a breech position, abnormal contraction patterns, a nucal cord (the umbilical cord is wrapped around your baby’s neck), uterine spasm, a tight uterus, or Pitocin use can lead to a decrease in blood supply and oxygen to the baby and can cause CP.
A child can also develop Cerebral Palsy after birth and brain damage from:
- IV Errors
- Lead Poisoning
- Malnutrition in an Infant
- Medication / Drug Errors
What are the signs / symptoms of CP?
Seizures are one of the first signs that your baby suffered a severe lack of oxygen to the brain. Seizures in babies look differently than what we commonly know as seizures – a body shaking or convulsing uncontrollably. A baby that is having a seizure may just have a blank stare, stop breathing, nodding of the head, blinking of the eyes rapidly, tightening of an arm or leg, lip smacking, or shivering.
How is CP Diagnosed?
If a baby suffered brain damage during labor and delivery, they may start to show signs of developmental delays and have parents concerned their child may have a problem or CP.
In the first few months of life, a brain damaged infant or baby may show some of the following symptoms:
- Anbnormal movements, posture & reflexes
- Body twitches
- Crossed Eyes
- Inability to “sit up’ by eight months
- Poor sucking or feeding
- Poor head control
- Trembling or Shaking
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We will quickly examine medical records, and fetal monitor strips to let you know whether your child’s cerebral palsy could have been prevented.
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