Cerebral Palsy Resulting From Medical Negligence

Cerebral palsy can result from a variety of circumstances, and it is often hard to know if a child is suffering from it until months or years later. Parents of children with cerebral palsy face challenges of care and medical costs many can only imagine.

At The Talaska Law Firm, we are committed to helping families across Texas find justice when their child's injury is caused by medical malpractice.

What Is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a condition characterized by an impairment of the body's ability to control movement and posture. It results from faulty development of or damage to the "motor" areas of the brain, which are responsible for controlling movement. The brain damage that causes cerebral palsy remains permanent from the time of injury.

In some cases, other manifestations of brain injury accompany cerebral palsy, such as:

  • Seizures
  • Intellectual impairment
  • Behavioral problems
  • Hearing deficits
  • Vision disorders
  • Speech impediments

We are often asked whether cerebral palsy is a disease or a genetic disorder. The simple answer is: neither. Cerebral palsy is a condition with many possible causes, such as birth trauma or brain injury, but it is not contagious or inherited.

In our birth injury practice, we utilize our extensive experience in the field and work with experts to determine how a particular child was injured.

Is Cerebral Palsy Preventable?

A significant number of cerebral palsy cases that occur because of birth injury are preventable. Medical negligence, such as careless handling of the child's cranium or an undetected oxygen blockage in the child's brain, is a factor in these preventable cases.

Among the many causes of cerebral palsy are:

  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Viral encephalitis
  • Hypoxia
  • Failure to treat respiratory deficiencies after birth
  • Brain trauma

Often, the cerebral palsy could have been prevented had the labor and delivery team properly observed, monitored and acted promptly when the unborn baby demonstrated fetal distress.

We're Here To Help

If your child was injured during labor, delivery or by a failure to treat a respiratory deficiency, The Talaska Law Firm can help. We are committed to seeking justice for children and their parents, and aim to help them find relief from the great financial burden of continued medical care. Call 888-791-5191 today or reach out online to schedule a free consultation.