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Can Cerebral Palsy Be Caused at Birth?

Young boy with cerebral palsy lays on a yellow cushioned floor mat designed for kids

In short, the answer is yes. Cerebral palsy can be caused at birth, and there are several ways it can occur. Read on to learn more about how cerebral palsy is caused during childbirth.

A Lack of Oxygen to the Brain

The most common way babies sustain cerebral palsy at birth is as a result of a temporary lack of oxygen to the brain.

A baby’s brain is in a vulnerable position throughout the pregnancy and during childbirth. As you know, the brain requires continuous oxygen and blood in order to function properly.

If for some reason, the baby’s brain is unable to get the proper blood and oxygen through adequate circulation, it only takes a few minutes for brain cell damage to occur.

There are several obstetrical challenges and events throughout pregnancy and childbirth that can endanger the oxygen supply to a baby’s brain.

Cerebral palsy is the most common serious birth injury babies endure, and it is important to hold negligent medical professionals accountable for their wrongdoing.

Cesarean Section Delays

If complications during labor and delivery occur, it is critical that a timely emergency cesarean section (c-section) is conducted so the baby does not endure oxygen deprivation and brain damage. If a medical professional acts negligently by not promptly conducting a c-section when one is required, they may be held liable for any resulting injuries.

We’re Here to Help Injured Victims

If you or your child have been a victim of medical negligence, our team is here to help you recover the compensation you deserve. While no amount of money can take away the harm you’ve endured, you’ll want to make sure you have what you need to go on living a comfortable life.

If a medical professional caused your injuries and you need help with a medical malpractice lawsuit, contact the skilled attorneys at Berthold Law Firm, PLLC with the details of your case by calling (304) 605-2040 or by filling out our online contact form.

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