Cerebral palsy results from brain damage. That being the case, this injury never actually heals and that means that the individuals who suffer from it generally need a lifetime of care. Cerebral palsy causes a host of problems with muscle control. The most characteristic symptom of this condition is difficulty walking. Many of the people you’ve seen with this condition are probably in wheelchairs or use other assistive devices to help them get around. If your child has cerebral palsy it’s important to learn about how this condition arises.
As everybody knows, whenever the brain is deprived of oxygen for too long, it’s inevitable that damage will occur. This is exactly what happens in children with cerebral palsy. In some cases, the damage occurs in the womb and there’s nothing that can be done and there is nobody to blame. In other cases, the injury results from negligent medical practices during birth. In these cases, a lawsuit oftentimes arises because the parents need to seek compensation to help them pay for the costs of ongoing treatment for their child. For many people, seeking the assistance of an attorney is the only realistic way that they’ll ever be able to pay for the costs of these treatments.
There are some cases were cerebral palsy occurs sometime after the child has already been born. In these cases, the injury may or may not be the result of medical negligence and the actual causes vary quite a bit. Medical negligence is generally an issue when the birth injury occurs during labor. In some cases, the child may be in a position during birth where they’re deprived of oxygen. In other cases, it may simply be that another situation led to the child being deprived of oxygen and to that deprivation of oxygen causing their injury.
If your child has cerebral palsy, and if you believe that medical negligence was a factor in their having this disease, talking to an attorney is a good way to find out whether or not you have the option of a lawsuit. You can find plenty of good attorneys that will offer you free consultations. These same attorneys generally work on contingency, so you don’t have to worry about paying them if they don’t actually win your case. This is a no-risk option that allows you to explore how you might get compensation.