The Causes of Cerebral Palsy

The Causes of Cerebral Palsy

A Medical and Legal Team with Answers: Why did my Child Develop Cerebral Palsy?

An experienced medical doctor and highly-successful attorneys make up our team at the law firm of Michels & Lew. We are here to help you obtain justice and compensation if your child's cerebral palsy was caused by a health care provider's negligence. Because we have been working in this area of the law for decades and because we have recovered over $1 billion for our injured clients, we know that you may be experiencing a great deal of anxiety about the steps you should take for the benefit of your family. By helping you find out why your child developed this condition, we may be able to help you recover compensation if medical error was to blame. Furthermore, we may be able to help you find the peace-of-mind that comes from knowing the truth.

According to most recent estimates, 12, 000 children are born with cerebral palsy (CP) in the United States each year. The condition results from damage to a developing brain that may be the result of fetal brain hemorrhage, asphyxia, infection or other cause. Conditions such as decreased placental blood flow or fetal heart abnormalities that disrupt the flow of oxygen to the brain, for instance, may lead to fetal encephalopathy (brain damage). If not treated appropriately, fetal or neonatal acidosis, hypoglycemia, hypocalcemia, hyponatremia, preeclampsia, severe anemia and a variety of other maternal conditions may lead to CP. Other possible causes of CP include:

In some cases, the damage to a child's brain during the neonatal or perinatal period can be treated and, perhaps, the damage can be mitigated. But if your child has CP, they are facing a lifetime of medical challenges of varying severity depending on the type of brain injury suffered. Though many of these challenges can be treated and your child may be able to live a happy and productive life, CP cannot be cured.

Medical Investigators can Determine if CP was Caused by Medical Malpractice

Diagnosing the condition and identifying the type of cerebral palsy your child has are only first steps in providing your child with the care and attention they need. When families reach out to our team of attorneys and experts at Michels & Lew, they typically have already received a cerebral palsy diagnosis. What they do not have, often, is an explanation for how this condition was caused. We will diligently study the details of your case to help you find answers.

Not all CP is caused by medical malpractice or medical error. However, if medical malpractice caused your child's CP, those responsible should be held accountable.

To determine if medical error was a factor, we will gather extensive details about your case that may stretch back months and even years into mother and child's medical history. Because every case is unique, your particular situation must be studied in great detail by a highly-qualified medical investigator like Dr. Davis and our colleagues: obstetricians, pediatric neurologists, neuroradiologists, and other experts who will assist in seeking the root causes of your child's condition. As we analyze your child's medical records, the records of the labor and delivery, MRI and CT scan results, Apgar scores, and other medical details, we will look for signs of medical malpractice:

Medical malpractice may not have caused your child to develop CP. But if you and your family received treatment below the standard of care before, during or after labor, you need allies like the team of Michels & Lew. The above causes of CP are only a few of the many we will explore when you reach out to us. After we collect preliminary details of your case, we may suggest additional medical tests such as an MRI or CT scan. We will cover the costs of these tests and use all of our experience and resources to seek compensation for you and your family if medical malpractice caused your child's injuries.