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Of the many types of birth defects which may occur cerebral palsy, or CP, can be one of the most difficult. Individuals with cerebral palsy encounter developmental difficulties which can be completely disabling. Cerebral palsy affects the motor functions of the body and occurs between the time of fertilization and three years of age. Cerebral palsy can occur for any number of reasons. Some of those causes include medical malpractice and birth injuries.
Cerebral Palsy Causes
Cerebral palsy occurs in about one in five hundred births, but is more likely to occur in premature and underweight infants, or in multiple births. When human negligence or malpractice is at fault, cerebral palsy may be caused by:
- Oxygen deprivation during birth
- Exposure to radiation
- Medication overdose
- Dangerous or defective drug prescription
- Birth trauma or injury
There is no known treatment for cerebral palsy as the condition affects the part of the brain controlling motor skills. Although physical therapy may help alleviate some of the symptoms of cerebral palsy, it is a condition your child may struggle with for the rest of his or her life.
Diagnosing and Supporting Children with CP
Cerebral palsy may appear over time, and parents may not notice a developmental problem until the child is attempting to crawl, walk, or even later in development. Victims of cerebral palsy may have inhibited motor skills, but have clear mental function.
Cerebral palsy can cost the affected family and individual hundreds of thousands of dollars in care over time, but complications and unforeseen circumstances may increase that amount unexpectedly. The attorneys at Morelli Ratner PC link to firm bio are dedicated to helping the parents of children who have cerebral palsy caused by medical negligence or malpractice to pursue justice against those responsible and get the compensation needed for extended care.
If you or your loved one has suffered a birth injury that caused cerebral palsy, please contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys of Morelli Ratner PC today. We serve clients from the New York City area, including Long Island and Staten Island, New York, and New Jersey.