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Champaign, IL Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Lawyer

Decatur birth injury attorney for cerebral palsy and brain trauma

Attorneys for Birth Injuries, CP, and Developmental Disorders in Sangamon County, Champaign County, and Macon County

The last thing any parent wants is for their child to experience issues that could affect their growth and development. Unfortunately, birth injuries to children can sometimes lead to developmental disorders such as cerebral palsy. These disorders may require extensive medical treatment throughout the child's lifetime, and they can result in permanent impairments to their mobility, health, and well-being. In these cases, parents will want to work with an attorney who can help determine how to receive financial compensation that will help them provide for their child's ongoing needs.

The lawyers of Kanoski Bresney have been representing clients in medical malpractice and personal injury cases for more than 40 years, and we have obtained over $400 million on behalf of our clients. If your child has suffered a birth injury, we will help you find out who was responsible, and we will work to ensure that your family is fully repaid for the harm you have suffered.

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to control their muscles, and it can also cause problems with vision and hearing, as well as cognitive impairments and intellectual disabilities. CP usually results from damage to a child's brain and depending on the area of the brain that suffers an injury, different parts of the body may be affected. A person may have stiff, rigid muscles or low muscle tone, and they may experience involuntary movements, problems with balance and coordination, and difficulty walking, eating, or speaking.

Brain injuries that cause cerebral palsy usually occur before a child is born, during delivery, or soon after birth. These injuries can happen for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Head trauma, including skull fractures caused by the use of forceps or vacuum extractors or other issues that may lead to the hemorrhaging of blood in and around the brain
  • Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen, which can occur if the umbilical cord is prolapsed or wrapped around the child's neck or if conditions such as placental abruption affect the mother's ability to pass oxygen to the child during pregnancy
  • Meconium aspiration syndrome, which occurs when an infant inhales fecal matter that is mixed with the amniotic fluid in the mother's uterus, inhibiting their ability to breathe properly following delivery
  • Infections passed from the mother to the child or contracted by the child during delivery, which can cause damage to the child's brain
  • Preeclampsia, or high blood pressure experienced by a mother during pregnancy or birth, which can restrict blood flow to the placenta and cut of the child's supply of oxygen
  • Fetal distress that causes the child to experience a low heart rate and inhibits their ability to maintain blood flow to the brain
  • Hypotension, or low blood pressure experienced by a child during or after birth, which can affect their ability to deliver oxygen to the brain
  • Anemia, or iron deficiency that may make it difficult for a mother's or child's red blood cells to carry oxygen

Contact Our Bloomington Birth Injury Lawyers

Cerebral palsy is a chronic condition that may require surgery, ongoing physical therapy, assistive devices, and other medical treatments throughout a child's lifetime. It can also affect their mobility and render them permanently disabled and unable to care for their own needs once they reach adulthood. If your child has been diagnosed with CP, you will want to understand whether this happened because of preventable errors that occurred during childbirth or other forms of medical negligence by doctors, nurses, or staff members at a hospital.

At Kanoski Bresney, we can help you determine who was responsible for your child's injury, and we will fight to make sure you receive payments that will allow you to provide the care your child needs. Contact us today at 888-U-COUNT-2 or 888-826-8682 to set up a free consultation with our attorneys. We assist with birth injury cases in Illinois, including Decatur, Tazewell County, Bloomington, Pekin, McLean County, McDonough County, Springfield, Macomb, Sangamon County, Schuyler County, Peoria, Decatur, Rushville, Macon County, Adams County, Champaign, Quincy, Peoria County, and Champaign County.

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