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Cerebral Palsy Primer: What It Is & When It Arises

Cerebral palsy remains a disorder that most only learn about after it strikes in their family. Once it becomes a personal reality the victims often scramble to discover more information about cerebral palsy and understand how it strikes. As with most medical issues, the Mayo Clinic provides a succinct, worthwhile initial foray into the character and cause of cerebral palsy.

What It Is
Cerebral palsy is a muscle disorder-affecting muscle tone, posture, and movement. Signs of the problem appear very early on in an infant’s life. Those symptoms most notably include limb rigidity, exaggerated reflexes, posture problems, involuntary movements, and trouble walking. Besides the physical problems, cerebral palsy suffers also experience intellectual problems, have vision and hearing issues, and seizures.

The disabilities associated with cerebral palsy affect each victim to different degrees. For some, the problems are only associated with one limb or one side of the body. For others the entire body is affected. The specific symptoms do not become worse over time. However, if not properly treated, the muscle issues can lead to complications, creating the appearance of an aggravation of the problem.

Causes
Most generally, cerebral palsy is caused by abnormalities or sudden problems in brain development. This typically occurs while the child is still in the womb or immediately before birth. Experts have identified a variety of causes that may lead to the disorder. These include: random gene mutations in the brain, maternal infection while pregnant, disruption in blood supply to a fetus, brain asphyxia during delivery leading to lack of oxygen, and traumatic head injury shortly after birth.

Several of those possible causes occur during childbirth, making it vital that medical professionals ensure that all proper steps are taken at that time to limit complications. Far too often, those medical practitioners fail to take action that they should, causing a child to develop cerebral palsy.

Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti are experienced handlers of birth injury lawsuits-including those involving cerebral palsy. In one of many cases our attorneys recovered $2.3 million for a child when a hospital and doctor failed to identify that the child’s mother had suffered a uterine rupture during delivery. The medical omission caused the child to sustain a serious brain injury-oxygen deprivation-resulting in cerebral palsy.

If you believe that a medical professional’s negligence caused your child to suffer from cerebral palsy, contact our Chicago birth injury lawyers and seek justice.

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