James P. Howe

     Attorney At  Law   

36 South County Commons Way C6     

Wakefield, RI 02879     
(401) 788-0600    









           Rhode Island Cerebral Palsy Attorney, Rhode Island Cerebral Palsy Lawyer



           Rhode Island Cerebral Palsy Attorney, Rhode Island Cerebral Palsy Lawyer



Medical Malpractice is one of the causes of Cerebral Palsy.

Cerebral palsy is a group of chronic conditions that disrupt and impair the brain's ability to properly control body movement and muscle coordination. When one or more specific areas of the brain are damaged during fetal development, childbirth, or the first few years of life, a child may develop cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a non-contagious, non-progressive condition for which there is no known cure. While the exact cause of cerebral palsy is often unknown, many cerebral palsy cases are preventable.

Statistics indicate that approximately 500,000 Americans are currently living with cerebral palsy. Every year in the United States, approximately 4,500 infants develop cerebral palsy. The majority of cerebral palsy patients develop their condition during the childbirth process. An estimated thirty percent of all patients develop cerebral palsy during fetal development. Approximately ten to twenty percent of all cerebral palsy patients acquire the condition after birth.

There are a number of maternal and fetal factors that can lead to cerebral palsy in a new born. Certain maternal infections, certain medical conditions, Rh incompatibility, fetal anoxia, fetal stroke, and other complications have been found to cause cerebral palsy. These are all risk factors that can be recognized and addressed by a medical professional during pregnancy. Cerebral palsy has also been linked to improper dating of the pregnancy, leading to pre- or post-delivery. Cerebral palsy acquired during fetal development is often preventable when a physician responds appropriately to maternal and fetal risks.

Cerebral palsy can develop when the flow of blood and oxygen to a child's brain is disrupted during childbirth. This disruption can occur as a result of a long labor, low amniotic fluid, a twisted umbilical cord, large fetal head size, hemorrhage, newborn lung problems, inter-cranial bleeding, and more. Trauma to a child's head caused by a difficult forceps or vacuum delivery can also cause cerebral palsy. Many of these childbirth cerebral palsy risk factors are preventable if a medical professional acts with prudence and care to promptly and appropriately treat and prevent these risk factors.

There are different types of cerebral palsy: spastic cerebral palsy produces difficult and stiff movements; ataxic cerebral palsy causes loss of depth perception and balance; and athetoid cerebral palsy produces uncontrolled or involuntary movements. A patient with cerebral palsy can suffer one or more of these sub-types. Cerebral palsy can cause mild impairments that minimally restrict one's lifestyle or may result in severe physical impairments and mental retardation. While there is no cure for cerebral palsy, there is a myriad of treatment and rehabilitative methods intended to allow each patient with cerebral palsy to achieve their full potential in life.

If you believe that your child has developed cerebral palsy, you may wish to speak with a caring and competent cerebral palsy attorney who can evaluate your child's case to determine if medical negligence contributed to your child's condition. To learn more about cerebral palsy, please contact us to speak with a qualified attorney in your area.

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James P. Howe Law Offices
36 South County Commons Way C6, Wakefield RI 02879
Phone : (401) 788-0600   Fax: (401) 788-0605

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