While most causes of cerebral palsy are from genetics, maternal health problems or abnormal pregnancies—cerebral palsy (“CP”) can be the result of a problem during labor and delivery. CP is characterized by abnormal movement and motor skills. If you have no family history of CP, you had a normal pregnancy, and your child has not experienced a traumatic brain injury, then there is a possibility that a medical personnel’s error could be to blame for your child’s cerebral palsy.
Know the Facts
- About 10,000 infants will develop cerebral palsy each year in the U.S.
- Approximately 80% of cases involving cerebral palsy are developed before the baby is one month old.
- Doctors may not diagnose a child with CP until the child is 2 to 3 years old.
- Developmental delays are estimated to affect 25-33% of children with CP.
- Lack of oxygen to the brain is a known cause of CP.
- The lifetime costs associated with cerebral palsy may reach into the millions.
In a normal childbirth, the baby transitions from the low oxygen environment of the womb to the high oxygen environment of normal air without serious issues. Even if something goes wrong, there is usually a small window of opportunity for the doctors to ensure that the baby is born without serious complications or injuries.
The issues arise when medical personnel fail to recognize the sign of a problem, or if they recognize a problem and fail to begin the appropriate course of treatment. A delay in birth can lead to hypoxia (a lack of oxygen) and acidosis (increasing acidity of the blood), which then leads to anoxia (no oxygen) and then brain damage. Brain damage can be a cause of cerebral palsy. While most cerebral palsy is not caused by medical malpractice during the birthing process, malpractice during delivery can cause cerebral palsy.
How Beauchamp Can Help You
All law firms are not created equal. If your baby has cerebral palsy and it might be due to a medical professional’s negligence, then the Arizona personal injury attorneys of Oracle Law Group are ready to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
While other law offices will have a paralegal evaluate your case, Beauchamp Law will always have an attorney evaluate your personal injury claim. We have a Registered Nurse on staff, who is also a licensed attorney, that brings compassion and warmth to our legal services.
We understand that this is a stressful time in your life, so we will try to alleviate some of that stress by keeping you apprised of what is happening with your case so you can make informed, educated decisions when necessary. You pay zero fees unless you recover.
We serve clients in Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale and other cities throughout the State of Arizona.
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