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Common Causes of Seattle Cerebral Palsy Birth Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 13, 2016

Cerebral palsy isn’t one disease, but an umbrella term to describe a number of health problems caused by damage done to a developing brain. Disorders related to cerebral palsy develop while a baby is still in the womb, or just after birth. People suffering cerebral palsy will have problems with movement, using muscles, reacting to outside stimulus, or trouble with balance. Some cerebral palsy sufferers have difficulties with speech, hearing, and intellectual development. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 1 in every 300 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

What Causes Cerebral Palsy Birth Injuries?

Many cerebral palsy cases are caused by a harmful event that caused an injury to the baby’s brain. There are many different ways a child can get injured during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. Here are the most common causes of cerebral palsy birth injuries:

  • Intrauterine hypoxia: this is an injury caused by a lack of oxygen getting to the baby’s brain during development. This can be caused by a physician failing to detect and treat the condition.
  • Birth asphyxia: this injury is caused by a lack of oxygen getting to the baby’s brain during the labor and delivery. These injuries happen most often in births with delayed, extended, or abnormal deliveries.
  • Physical injury: a trauma to the baby during the labor or delivery can lead to cerebral palsy brain injuries. These commonly happen in deliveries where a doctor misuses forceps or a vacuum extraction.

Signs of Cerebral Palsy Injuries

Many signs of a cerebral palsy injury present themselves very early on after a child’s birth. Here are the most common signs of cerebral palsy injuries:

  • The child is blue or purple, can’t breathe, or needs resuscitation
  • Decreased consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Shrill crying
  • Yellow skin pigmentation
  • Meconium (dark green fecal matter) on baby during delivery

Do I Have a Cerebral Palsy Injury Case?

If your child suffered a serious birth injury in Seattle, you need to speak with an experienced cerebral palsy attorney. Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has guided many families through this difficult time. We can review medical records and let you know how strong of a case you may have against the medical professionals responsible for your child’s injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation at (888) 228-3860.

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