Causes of Cerebral Palsy & The Rights of Families

Cerebral palsy is a debilitating condition that will last throughout a person's life. The condition is diagnosed in early stages of development, and is generally marked by a lack of muscular control and consistency. While many cases of cerebral palsy are genetic, it can develop as a result of various complications in pregnancy or birth.

What medical issues can lead to cerebral palsy?

Certain conditions may be treated to reduce a child's risk of developing cerebral palsy. Doctors and other medical professionals are responsible for identifying and addressing these issues in a timely fashion. Failure to take appropriate action can be grounds for a medical malpractice claim.

Any of the following can lead to cerebral palsy:

  • Maternal sickness, such as meningitis
  • Delayed C-section procedure
  • Failure to note changes in the child's heart rate
  • Improper use of a vacuum, forceps, or other delivery instruments

Under medical malpractice law, medical professionals – including nurses and obstetricians who deliver newborns – are required by law to provide an adequate level of care. When they fail to uphold this standard and cause preventable injuries as a result of their negligence, victims and families have the right to file claims and pursue a recovery of their damages.

You should not have to bear the weight of medical errors alone. If your child has developed cerebral palsy on account of professional negligence, you deserve compensation. At Lessem Newstate & Tooson, LLP, our Ventura personal injury attorneys are passionate about fighting for victims harmed through no fault of their own – and we've recovered millions in compensation for our clients.

To discuss your birth injury case, your rights, and how our legal team can help during a FREE case review, contact us today.