What Is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy, also known as “CP” is a neurological condition caused by an injury to the brain affecting body movement and muscle coordination. Most children with cerebral palsy are born with it but it may not be diagnosed until months or even years later. Common early signs of cerebral palsy include lack of muscle coordination when performing voluntary movements, stiff or tight muscles, spasticity, muscle tone that is too tight or floppy, dragging one foot and walking on the toes.

What Causes Cerebral Palsy?

Some cerebral palsy causes include premature birth, birth trauma and maternal infection. Among other causes, prolonged labor can result in a decrease in blood or oxygen flow to the baby and can lead to damage of the fetus’ brain tissue known as hypoxia or anoxia. A deprivation of oxygen to the baby’s brain can cause the baby’s brain to bleed. Sadly, these serious injuries are often preventable, however negligent and incompetent actions or inactions by health care providers can cause devastating, life-long disabilities.

Contact A Cerebral Palsy Lawyer In California

If you believe your child has suffered from a brain injury or cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence and treatment, call our firm and speak to one of our personal injury attorneys at Mulligan Law. Our legal and medical team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers and personal injury lawyers has successfully represented many patients and their families who were injured or died from complications arising during prenatal care, labor, delivery or newborn care. There is no cost to call and have your case evaluated by our highly specialized team of injury lawyers and medical malpractice professionals.

Please note that this page is not intended to serve as medical advice. If you have an urgent medical issue and suspect that a brain injury may play a role, please call a doctor or 911 immediately.