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Arizona personal injury: Birth-related Cerebral Palsy

A diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy (CP) is something that numerous children in Arizona and across the country receive every year. CP is something that can develop from various causes. However, in many cases, the root cause of the injury goes unidentified. It is believed, though, that a treatment error during the labor and delivery process may result in personal injury and, ultimately, be the origin of Cerebral Palsy development in some cases.

There are two categories of Cerebral Palsy. Those cases occurring more than 28 days after birth would be grouped in the acquired CP category. The typical causes for this form of Cerebral Palsy are infection and head trauma.

Congenital CP is the second category. This type of CP may result from a number of issues. Some of these might include:

  • Low birth weight
  • Premature birth
  • Infections
  • Maternal health complications

Another issue that is not often discussed is the quality of treatment a mother and child receives during a difficult labor and delivery. During the birthing process, things can go from smooth sailing to rough waters in a matter of minutes. Various birthing complications can result in a child being deprived of oxygen or suffering head trauma, which can result in brain damage and, possibly, the development of Cerebral Palsy.

Swift and appropriate actions are needed when complications arise during labor and delivery. If a medical provider fails at this, a child and his or her parents can suffer, dearly. An Arizona parent who believes his or her child suffered a personal injury at birth, resulting in Cerebral Palsy or any other life-altering affliction, may seek damages by filing legal claims against those believed responsible. A treatment error may be considered a form of negligence, and compensation may be achieved through successful litigation or out of court negotiations and settlement.

Source: cdc.gov, "Causes and Risk Factors of Cerebral Palsy", Accessed on Aug. 19, 2015

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