Brain Damage Resulting in Cerebral Palsy

Learning the cause of a baby’s cerebral palsy (CP)

Cerebral palsy is a life–long condition caused by brain damage in just a few moments during the birth of a baby. Those few moments may be the result of an unexpected complication or they could have been predicted with proper diagnosis hours or even months earlier during pregnancy.

Babies with cerebral palsy can often, with proper treatment, live near–normal lives. If the cause of the cerebral palsy was caused by medical malpractice, parents need to know, and the child needs the financial security that justice can bring.

  • Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage resulting from decreased blood or oxygen flow to the placenta.
  • Other factors may include a failure to diagnose conditions of the mother such as pre–eclampsia, fetal distress, gestational diabetes, head trauma or low blood sugar (neonatal hypoglycemia).
  • There are three types of CP — athetoid, ataxic and spastic. All three are treatable, but incurable.

If an obstetrician ignores or fails to respond to fetal distress or signs that could lead to distress, that doctor, the delivery room staff and the hospital need to be held accountable.

Symptoms of cerebral palsy can include all or some of the following: limited movement, spastic paralysis, abnormal crawling, abnormal sense of touch or pain, joint contractures, speech difficulties, swallowing difficulties, arm paralysis, mental retardation, motor development delays, seizures and involuntary movements.

If you suspect medical negligence caused your child’s cerebral palsy, call us.

The medical malpractice lawyers at Lommen Abdo have access to working physicians nationwide who are experienced with CP and its causes. You and your child deserve honest answers. Call or send an email for a free consultation. Our attorneys represent clients in Minnesota and Wisconsin.