Cerebral Palsy (CP)

What is Cerebral Palsy?

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Cerebral Palsy is a neurological disorder caused by traumatic brain injury or malformation of the brain that occurs during early childhood brain development and affects the area of the brain that controls movements and balance. It may occur before, during or immediately after birth.  This condition is both permanent and incurable.

Effects of Cerebral Palsy

Everyone is affected differently by Cerebral Palsy.  There are many common symptoms, however, the degree to which each affects a person will vary from one individual to the next.  The commons symptoms include:

  • Full or partial paralysis
  • Poor coordination
  • Muscles stiffness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Seizures
  • Cognitive deficits
  • Vision issues
  • Loss of sensation
  • Speech issues
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hearing deficits
  • Tremors

Babies with CP often do not sit up, roll over, crawl or do other physical functions as early as babies without CP do.

Causes of CP

Cerebral Palsy can develop as a result of a number of factors that cause traumatic injury or malformation of the brain. Dropping a new born baby on its head, improper use of forceps or any other direct trauma to a baby’s head can cause cerebral Palsy.  All of these are the likely result of medical negligence.  In addition to the above causes, there are several possible non-medical negligence causes.   Known risk factors for developing CP are:

  • Being a twin
  • Preterm birth
  • Exposure to methylmercury during pregnancy
  • Toxoplasmosis or rubella during pregnancy
  • Difficult delivery
  • Head Trauma during the early years of life

Additionally, about 2% of the CP cases are believed to be hereditary.

Have Your Case Evaluated by a Birth Injury Lawyer

In order to prove that your child developed Cerebral Palsy as a result of a negligent birth injury, your lawyer must evaluate and exclude as many of the other risk factors in order to establish a causal link. This will require that a medical expert be retained to evaluate the case and render credible medical opinions.  Call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. for a free evaluation of your case today: 800-298-0111.


Paul Cannon

Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.