Phoenix Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injury Lawyers
When a child is born with cerebral palsy (CP), and the condition is thought to have been caused by medical negligence during pregnancy or labor and delivery, parents may have legal recourse. The law firm of Knapp & Roberts represents clients whose lives have been changed due a birth injury. We can help you understand your legal options if your child has been diagnosed with medical malpractice-related CP.
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Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy refers to a range of disorders that affect the brain and motor skills. CP is not one singular condition, and there is not one singular cause. Some cases of CP are medical-related, and some are not. The most common causes include:
- Oxygen deprivation to infant (hypoxia and asphyxia)
- Fetal distress
- Premature delivery
- Serious infection of mother during pregnancy (such as meningitis or rubella)
- Illness during pregnancy
- Genetic disorders
- Head injuries
When cerebral palsy is believed to be caused by medical negligence (during pregnancy or in labor and delivery), parents may be eligible for compensation to cover the costs associated with the child's illness throughout life.
Treatment of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a birth injury that can affect a child in many ways, from speech and language development to motor skills and brain functioning. There is no cure for CP. However, various therapies may be effective in helping a child live a more independent life:
- Physical therapy
- Speech and language therapy
- Behavioral therapy
The specific medical needs of a child with CP will need to be assessed to determine what treatments will be effective. If motor skills are affected, braces, wheelchairs and mechanical aids may help a child move independently. Medication can help with seizures and tremors. Surgery may be effective to control gastroesophageal reflux, nerve pain and other conditions. Additional treatments and therapies may also be effective.
Causes and Treatment of Cerebral Palsy: Contact a Phoenix Birth Injury Law Firm
Free initial consultation. To learn more about medical malpractice-related causes of cerebral palsy and treatment options that may help your child live a more independent life, contact our Arizona law firm today.