Cerebral Palsy Is A Type Of Brain Injury

Cerebral palsy is a tragic consequence of complications during birth. When a fetus doesn't get enough oxygen because of a squeezed placenta during labor or a pinched umbilical cord during birth, brain injury leading to cerebral palsy can result.

A child who suffered a brain injury during the birthing process may have normal to above-average intelligence, but demonstrate physical problems such as:

  • Motor dysfunction
  • Spasticity
  • Floppy or hypertense muscles
  • Inability to walk or get around without crutches or a wheelchair

The March of Dimes spells out the following common causes of cerebral palsy:

  • Infections during pregnancy
  • Insufficient oxygen reaching the fetus
  • Prematurity
  • Asphyxia during labor and delivery
  • Blood diseases
  • Severe jaundice
  • Other birth defects, including brain malformations, numerous genetic diseases and other physical birth defects that increase the risk of cerebral palsy
  • Acquired cerebral palsy, often caused by brain infections (such as meningitis) and head injuries

The question that parents most often ask when a child is affected by cerebral palsy is "why?" An experienced brain injury attorney can conduct a thorough investigation into any demonstrable negligence on the part of health care providers, including hospitals. Through close evaluation of the facts, the answer to "why?" often becomes crystal clear.

Experienced Advocates Fighting For You

At the Law Offices of Gary Osborne & Associates, we have been investigating and litigating potential medical malpractice cases, including birth injury cases, for more than 30 years. These cases are demanding and require extensive knowledge in the medical field that our law firm can provide.

We bring in experts from all over the country to review claims and help us determine whether you should pursue compensation. We only proceed after receiving opinions from highly qualified experts that a hospital, nurse or doctor was negligent and serious injury such as cerebral palsy has resulted.

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Contact our Toledo office to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. Call us at 419-842-4062 or reach us through our website.