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What is Cerebral Palsy and Can it Be Avoided?

What is Cerebral Palsy and Can it Be Avoided?

Cerebral palsy, also referred to as CP, is an overarching term that refers to a group of disorders affecting an individual’s ability to move. Unfortunately, it is a permanent condition, however, it generally does not worsen over time. Cerebral palsy is due to damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

People are affected differently by cerebral palsy, whether by affecting movement of body, muscle control and coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture or balance. Additionally, those with cerebral palsy might have issues with eyesight, hearing, ability to learn, speech, epilepsy and intelligence.

Prenatal Care

It is important for women to get proper health care prior to conception, to be evaluated by their physician after conception, and to have early and continuous prenatal care throughout the pregnancy. A child being born prematurely may result in brain injury and subsequent cerebral palsy. If you are pregnant, the following steps can help prevent premature births:

  • Reducing exposure to viruses and other infections
  • Recognize and treat bacterial infection of the urinary tracts
  • Avoiding unnecessary exposure to X-rays
  • Control maternal health problems such as diabetes, anemia and hypertension

Reducing Risk of Head Injury

Because cerebral palsy is caused by brain injury, it makes sense that trauma to the head should be avoided, especially when pertaining to babies. It’s imperative to ensure optimal safety for your newborn baby. Often, the baby’s head can be harmed during labor. It’s imperative to note that proper care is being taken during the birthing process.

We Are the Attorneys for You

If you feel medical negligence has taken place regarding your birthing experience, or worse, that your child is suffering from cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice, we can help.

The attorneys of Teal Montgomery have the significant experience you need, both in the courtroom and out. We can show you the results to back up our claims of trial attorney and are prepared to take your trial to case if it is in your best interest. We’ll walk you through the details of your case, help you organize your thoughts and explain your options. The attorneys of Teal Montgomery have an in-depth knowledge of medical malpractice suits. We work to understand our cases in detail. We maintain relationships with experts who help us build strong cases on your behalf.

Call 707-525-1212 (Santa Rosa Office) or 916-448-1010 (Sacramento Office) or contact us to speak to an attorney today.