Know the Causes of Cerebral Palsy to Protect Your Family’s Rights

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Causes of Cerebral Palsy Explained by Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers


Cerebral palsy is a type of birth injury that has many different possible causes. Although many of the different causes of cerebral palsy could be due to natural complications from birth, Oregon medical malpractice may have a part in an individual’s diagnosis of cerebral palsy. This is because some causes of cerebral palsy are due to preventable medical errors. Yes, some instances of cerebral palsy are due to Oregon medical malpractice. This means that some individuals will suffer a lifetime of disability due to a health care professionals preventable mistakes. However, our Oregon birth injury lawyers know that some instances of cerebral palsy that are deemed to be natural complications from the labor and delivery process could still have been avoided with proper confident medical care treatment. This is why it is important for families to know the causes of cerebral palsy to protect their rights.


In fact, it is actually imperative that families know the causes of cerebral palsy. This is because many healthcare professionals will lie to families after a child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. This is because healthcare providers and their insurance companies know that cerebral palsy is a devastating birth injury. Therefore, many healthcare providers lie about the cause of cerebral palsy to protect their license and their bottom line. Essentially, doctors will try to hide their mistakes even if that means violating your rights and the rights of your loved one who is just been given an unfair start at life due to a healthcare providers reckless, careless, and negligent mistakes.


What is Cerebral Palsy?


Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders caused by damage to the developing brain usually due to an oxygen deficiency. A damage to the brain forms lesions, which are areas of damage to normal brain tissue. The brain cannot heal lesions and neurons cannot make connections through lesions. This means that the areas of lesions are essentially dead spots in the brain and will not form what nature intended to be formed in that location.


Types of Cerebral Palsy


There are four types of cerebral palsy which form depending on the location of lesions in the brain and the extent of damage to the brain. Before types of cerebral palsy include the following:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy – the most common type of cerebral palsy which causes jerky movements an increase muscle tone resulting in rigidity of the joints.
  • Athetoid cerebral palsy – this is the next most common type of cerebral palsy just characterized by fluctuations in muscle tone being too rigid or too flaccid, as well as some involuntary movements.
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy – this type of cerebral palsy results in tremors throughout the entire body making balance and coordination more difficult, including eating or speaking.
  • Mixed cerebral palsy – an individual could also suffer a mixture of these types of cerebral palsy depending on areas of damage to the brain.


Know the Causes of Cerebral Palsy


There are many possible causes of cerebral palsy. Most healthcare professionals want you to know that all forms of cerebral palsy are do to natural and unavoidable consequences during birth. However, our Oregon birth injury lawyers know this is simply not true. In fact, this is a blatant lie. Some instances of cerebral palsy are absolutely caused by Oregon medical malpractice which could have been avoided. Generally, we consider there to be three general causes of cerebral palsy which include the following:


  • Unavoidable errors – this is genetic abnormalities or truly unforeseeable complications; unavoidable error scenario.
  • Egregious medical errors – horrible instances of medical malpractice; the bad doctor scenario.
  • Preventable complications – where natural complications could be prevented by proper healthcare which were not; the lack of a good doctor scenario.


Common Causes of Cerebral Palsy


Given these three common scenarios, there are some common causes of cerebral palsy. All of these incidences relate to a lack of oxygen. Indeed, the developing brain has massive oxygen requirements. Any deficiency in the oxygen supply or any complete block of the oxygen supply could result in serious personal injuries. Some of the most common causes of cerebral palsy that could be avoided with proper medical care treatment, even if it was a natural complication, include the following:


  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or HIE – this is a condition caused by a lack of oxygenated blood flow to the brain which results in damage to the brain. This condition could be due to a complicated birth, excessive contractions, overdose of medications such as Pitocin, a large baby and small birth canal, and many other types of conditions that could be monitored or discovered before the labor and delivery process starts and therefore could have been avoided. Our Oregon birth injury lawyers know that hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is a very serious type of birth injury that should always be reviewed by our Oregon birth injury lawyers.
  • Fetal distress – when a newborn is demonstrating signs of fetal distress healthcare providers must instantly begin to react to prevent damage to the baby. It does not matter if the labor and delivery process just started or if the baby is already coming down the birth canal, any signs of fetal distress must be immediately remedied.
  • Delays in c-section – when a child is in distress where there are signs that a natural delivery may not be feasible, any delays performing performing a c-section could result in serious or catastrophic damage to a newborn.
  • Prolonged labor – when the labor and delivery process has gone on for a time period that is no longer deemed productive, or where contractions are no longer productive despite increasing Pitocin use, a mother may be experiencing a prolonged labor. The proper results should be for a healthcare provider to order a C-section, however this does not always happen and can result in damage to the mother and the baby including juvenile policy.
  • Excessive use of vacuum extractor tools – the excessive use of extraction tools can place undue stress on the baby’s head and neck which could restrict oxygen flow and result any deficiency of oxygen. This could cause cerebral palsy.


Unsure if Your Baby Has Cerebral Palsy From One of These Causes?  Ask Our Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers for Help


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover. 


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