Arizona Cerebral Palsy Legal Help
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Cerebral palsy is not a birth defect, but a condition that is related to a brain injury which occurs at some point during the pregnancy or birthing process. The problem is not one limited to any one state or even area within a state; in many cases the condition is created as a result of medical malpractice, though it can sometimes be related to undiagnosed causes.
The injuries which cause cerebral palsy occur while the brain of the child is not yet fully developed: before, during, or shortly after childbirth. Because the brain damage occurs during this developmental stage, it can impair the child’s muscle control, posture and balance, muscle tone, reflexes, and muscle coordination. This brain injury can also have a major impact on oral functions and motor skills.There are four basic causes of cerebral palsy:
- Factors of both an environmental and genetic nature cause disturbances in brain cell migration during the period when brain cells are attempting to move to an appropriate location while the brain is still developing.
- Poor myelin (insulation) causes a disruption in brain function as the result of the lack of inadequate protective covering of the nerve cells that are essential for the transmission.
- Events during the birthing process can cause the blood vessels to rupture or restrict the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain.
- Asphyxia, infections, and trauma that occur after birth can damage the connections that were developed in the brain.
Reaction of the Parents
The big question of many parents following confirmation of a cerebral palsy diagnosis is: “How did it happen?” Unfortunately, the cause is not always definitive, but our attorneys may be able to uncover evidence of medical malpractice including improper birthing or delivery techniques.
In many cases, the condition is the result of malpractice—something that occurred during the pregnancy, delivery, or shortly after birth. This makes it important to hire an Arizona cerebral palsy lawyer to help you determine the extent of the injuries the child suffered that led to cerebral palsy. If this lifelong condition was caused by the malpractice of a doctor or medical professional, why should the financial burden be on your family? It shouldn’t, and that is where a cerebral palsy attorney comes in.
While our firm does not have offices in Arizona, we can certainly provide the information you need to assess your legal needs – and we’ll do so free of cost. Our office offers free consultations during which we can explain all the legal options available to you and your family. If you need to speak to one of our cerebral palsy lawyers for a free consultation, call 1-855-833-3707 (toll-free).