How Does Cerebral Palsy Occur?

Sometimes, when cerebral palsy occurs, some chalk it up to risk factors and don’t think twice about some of the underlying issues. However, there are other reasons that a baby can develop cerebral palsy during the pregnancy or delivery process.

One of the biggest potential issues is negligence on behalf of the medical professional and their lack of proper care for the mother and fetus. Improper monitoring can prevent problems from being detected. Here are some ways that this may occur.


Cerebral palsy can be a serious developmental issue involving the brain and the ability of the child to control his or her muscles. There are a number of different actions that can lead to the child developing cerebral palsy, including the following:

  • Lack of oxygen: This can occur during the pregnancy or when the mother is in labor and it often involves the umbilical cord having some kind of issue. It can limit the amount of oxygen to the brain and cause significant damage.
  • Maternal infection: Some issues that the mother experiences can also result in the baby developing serious issues such as cerebral palsy.
  • Head injury: If there is significant trauma to the baby’s head before or after birth, it can cause a form of cerebral palsy and the baby will have developmental issues moving forward.

There are different types of cerebral palsy, including congenital CP (before or during birth) and acquired CP (occurring beyond 28 days after the baby is born). The latter is often the result of an infection such as meningitis or head injury. However, congenital CP is the most common, occurring in 85 to 90 percent of cases.


For children suffering from cerebral palsy, there may be legal options for the parents to hold negligent parties accountable. Cerebral palsy is often caused by the negligent actions of a medical professional who is responsible during some part of the pregnancy or delivery.

At Hare Wynn, our birth injury attorneys in Birmingham, AL are aware of how these types of problems may occur. We work hard to represent families who have been impacted and seek the most favorable outcomes possible. Trust that we can help during this difficult time.

Call us today at 855-965-1688 for a free consultation to discover your potential rights and options.

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