Cerebral Palsy Caused by Minneapolis Medical Malpractice

When Minnesota Medical Malpractice Results in Cerebral Palsy, Victims Should Call Our Minneapolis-St. Paul Birth Injury Lawyer


Improper medical care and treatment during childbirth can result in lifelong injuries or injuries which alter the course of an infant’s life and their surrounding family.  Among these possible repercussions, cerebral palsy is one of the most serious which may result.  It is generally understood that cerebral palsy is caused by oxygen deprivation during the birth process.  This is why Kuhlman Law, LLC is hosting birth injury week which is aimed to educate families of their rights after certain birth injuries.  If your child is suffering from cerebral palsy due to issues arising during childbirth, contact a Minneapolis cerebral palsy attorney to discuss your potential claim.


Understanding Cerebral Palsy Generally


Cerebral palsy (“CP”) is a neurological disorder that impedes one’s ability to move their body and coordinate muscle movement, which affects their ability to ambulate.  Although there are several factors that may cause CP, when it occurs after child birth, it is most likely the result of the infant’s brain not receiving sufficient oxygen during the birthing process.  CP is described as “non-progressive,” meaning that the disorder will not worsen over time.


CP has several different forms.  The three most common are as follows


Ataxic CP:  This is one of the more rare types of CP, only accounting for less than 10% of overall CP diagnoses, which results from damage to the cerebellum.  Here, symptoms include tremors and shaky movement, poor muscle development, excessive walking gait, and issues with balance. People with ataxic CP will usually have difficulty performing certain activities such as writing, clapping, and walking.


Athetoid CP: Approximately 10 to 25% of all CP disorders are characterized as Athetoid. This subset of CP is caused by brain damage to the basal ganglia. Symptoms include slow and twisting movements to extremities, facial muscle twitches, mixed impact on muscle tone.  These symptoms will subside during sleep, but are exacerbated during times of stress.


Spastic CP:  The vast majority, as high as 80%, of all CP cases are categorized as Spastic CP.  Spastic CP is caused by brain damage to the cerebral cortex.  While Spastic CP is also divided into certain varieties based on how symptoms manifest, generally, those living with Spastic CP have increased muscle tone and suffer from communication disruptions between brain and muscles, which results in difficulty consistently grasping and releasing objects, as well as changing positions. Symptoms also include tremors of varying degrees.


What Causes Cerebral Palsy?  When Could it be Minneapolis Birth Injury Malpractice?


As mentioned above, CP results from a lack of oxygen to the brain (also known as hypoxia), or the body (also known as asphyxia).  Although this is sometimes caused by medical professionals making mistakes during the childbirth process, that is not always the case.  Most of the time, medical professionals live up to their required standard of care while treating their patients.


However, doctors are not immune from error and can fail to live up to this standard of care.  Minneapolis birth injury malpractice resulting in infants born or developing CP include:


  • Failing to properly monitor the fetus’s heart rate both before and during the birthing process;
  • Failing to identify a prolapsed umbilical cord;
  • Failing to properly plan for or schedule a cesarean section procedure (commonly called a C-Section);
  • Failing to identify or treat the mother during pregnancy, including infections like meningitis;
  • Making negligent, reckless or careless mistakes in using medical devices, such as vacuums and forceps, during delivery; and
  • Other possibly negligence mistakes.


Was Your Child’s Birth Traumatic?  Did Your Child Immediately Go to the NICU?  Does Your Child Have Cerebral Palsy?  You Should Call a Saint Paul Minnesota Birth Injury Lawyer to Learn Your Rights


Cerebral palsy is one of the worst birth injuries that could be caused by Minneapolis medical malpractice.  Victims and their families have rights to protect.  If you or a loved one have been injured due to the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care service professional, call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review of your case and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.

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