Cerebral Palsy Questions

The following is a list of questions frequently asked about birth injuries, cerebral palsy and taking legal action. If your question in not answered or if you would like more information, call us. We’re here to answer your questions.

1. What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of conditions of the brain and nervous system that impairs functions like movement, cognition, sight, and possibly hearing. CP is a disability resulting from injury to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. CP is often associated with: low levels of oxygen in the brain (hypoxia), prematurity, bleeding in the brain, brain infections, head injury, infections in the mother during pregnancy, and severe jaundice. In some cases, these causes could be the result of improper or negligent medical care by your doctor, midwife or nurse during the birth process.

2. What are the causes of a birth injury?

Some births are complicated and injuries are not always due to medical negligence. The key is to determine whether the medical professionals provided appropriate medical care to you and your baby during delivery.

3. What is the difference between a birth injury and a birth defect?

Birth injuries are generally caused by something that went wrong during the delivery of the child. Birth defects usually involve harm to a baby that arose prior to birth, due to something that happened during or before the pregnancy. Birth defects are abnormalities of structure, function or body metabolism that are present at birth.

4. I think my child has a birth injury. What should I do?

Contact us by calling or by filling out the form to the right. We may be able to help determine if the injury was a result of medical negligence or improper medical care.

5. How long after I learn that my child has a birth injury can I take legal action?

Birth injuries have time limitations, meaning that after a certain amount of time you can no longer file a birth injury lawsuit, whether someone was responsible for the birth injury or not. This time period varies drastically on a state-by-state basis. Learn more about the statute of limitations in your state.

If you believe your child has a birth injury that may have been caused by negligent medical care, one of our cerebral palsy lawyers may be able to help. We have over 30 years of experience representing families like yours in cerebral palsy cases resulting from substandard care. Our team of skilled Legal Nurse will listen to your concerns and help get your questions answered.