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Injuries At Birth Linked to Increased Risk of Cerebral Palsy

According to statistics, approximately 120,000 babies are born each year with a birth defect such as cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy may be diagnosed at birth, although in some children the condition is not diagnosed until later – when the child is two or even three years old.

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects body movement, muscles coordination and cognitive development. A few different types of cerebral palsy exist, such as spastic, ataxic and athetoid, largely determined by where the brain injury occurred.

Symptoms of cerebral palsy include, but are not limited to:

• lack of coordination, problems with muscle control

• cognitive delays

• trouble with speech and swallowing

• seizures

• mental retardation

Previous research has identified several pregnancy-related risk factors, including preterm delivery. Further, many times, it is an error that occurs during the labor and delivery process that leads to a child developing cerebral palsy. For example, allowing the baby to remain in the birth canal for too long, denying the newborn sufficient oxygen, can cause cerebral palsy. The incorrect use of forceps or other negligent care can also bring this condition about.

If you believe that your child may have developed cerebral palsy as the result of an error at birth, it is important to consult with an experienced California cerebral palsy lawyer.

A recent study determined that genes may play also role in a child's risk of developing this condition. All the causes and factors that lead to a child developing cerebral palsy are unknown.

For more information or if you believe your child suffers from cerebral palsy as the result of negligence at birth, it's critical you contact a dedicated and knowledgeable California birth injury attorney to begin an investigation and help you recover the compensation necessary to allow your child to obtain the medical treatment and care that he or she deserves.

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