What is CP? Understanding Cerebral Palsy, Birth Injuries

While the “Lawyer” part of CP Lawyer may be self explanatory, some may wonder what is CP? While the short answer may be explanation enough for some, we will take this opportunity to help better explain what CP is and why it should matter to every American.

So what is CP? CP stands for Cerebral Palsy, a broad diagnosis term used to describe birth-related ailments that limit a child’s development in a wide spectrum of ways. Often related to a deficiency of oxygen during delivery, CP can also be caused by physical injuries, genetic defects and more.

So if CP is a medical condition, why would there be a CP lawyer? The answer lies in the cause of a child’s Cerebral Palsy, specifically on whether the condition was preventable. During the birthing process, children later diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy may have revealed a wide variety of symptoms or warning signs that a medical professional, working within the standards of care, should have identified and acted upon.

What are examples of preventable CP? Each of these is an instance where medical malpractice on the part of a professional may result in Cerebral Palsy for a child:

  • Improper use of forceps
  • Failing to act when meconium is present
  • Dramatic fluctuations in heart rate/oxygen levels
  • Prescription of certain drugs during pregnancy
  • Failure to schedule a timely cesarean section for an at-risk pregnancy
  • Delays in a cesarean section despite significant labor issues
  • Plus many more

Unfortunately, just as there is no surefire cure for Cerebral Palsy, there are also no glaring causes to point to for families to know if malpractice led to their child’s CP. The best way to get answers about your child’s Cerebral Palsy is to have birth records reviewed by trained staff and to speak with a birth injury attorney who specializes in CP cases.

If your child’s delivery aligns with some of the warning signs highlighted above, or you would like to schedule a Medical Legal Review to determine the cause of your child’s Cerebral Palsy, fill out our contact form or give us a call at (800) 462-5772. There is no charge to have your child’s diagnosis reviewed and the potential upside of Lifetime Benefits is significant. As Lifetime Benefits help pay for a wide variety of therapeutic programs, housing costs, qualified expenses and more, you should definitely explore this opportunity.

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