Cerebral palsy is a medical condition that affects muscle control in children and babies. The development of the condition can take place before, during, and after birth. Genetic conditions and problems with getting enough blood supply to the child can take place within the first six months of pregnancy which may cause the brain to develop abnormally. Medical care in Oklahoma providers who fail to properly care for a mother before and during pregnancy and an infant’s birth can also contribute to the onset of cerebral palsy. Other causes occur after the brain has already developed and can be due to bacterial meningitis and other types of infections, severe jaundice, head injury, lack of oxygen, and bleeding in the brain. Additionally, children in Oklahoma who are born prematurely with a birth weight of less than 3 ½ pounds may be more susceptible to developing cerebral palsy.
Many birth injuries like cerebral palsy can be prevented; however, once developed, there is no cure. With the help of physical therapy, occupational therapy, medications, surgeries, and braces, many people who have cerebral palsy can lead relatively normal lives, depending on which part of their brain is affected by the condition.
Medical professionals in Oklahoma have a responsibility to their patients to provide them with the best possible care. When negligence occurs and a child develops cerebral palsy or another disorder that otherwise would not have developed, the medical care provider as well as the hospital or birthing center where the injury happened can be held legally accountable. Cerebral palsy, while treatable, can be quite expensive and demanding for a family, particularly if the injury could have been prevented.
If your child developed cerebral palsy or another condition as a result of negligence, it would be highly beneficial to you to contact an experienced Oklahoma City birth injury attorney. The birth of a child is supposed to be a joyful occasion for parents; however, when a permanent condition such as cerebral palsy develops due to negligence, that joy can be taken away in an instant. You and your child have legal rights, and the skilled personal injury attorneys at The Maples Law Firm can help you understand those rights. With an extensive network of resources, we will meticulously examine the details of your child’s injury and the events that led up to its development in order to build a strong case and hold negligent parties responsible. Contact The Maples Law Firm today at 1-888-429-0609 for a free consultation.