Cerebral Palsy

What Caused my Child’s Cerebral Palsy?


Cerebral palsy is often caused by damage to the developing brain prior to birth or in the early stages of development after birth. This brain damage may be the result of many factors, such as oxygen deprivation, infections, drug interactions, or other trauma either before or after the child has left the womb.

Medical professionals have a particular responsibility to uphold standards of care that will prevent damage to the developing brain, thus reducing the chances of cerebral palsy. When medical professionals fail to meet this standard, it affects the health of children and fundamentally changes the lives of their caregivers.

Cerebral Palsy Causes

Causes of cerebral palsy are often complex. However, there are medical errors that materially contribute to birth injury causing cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy causes include: delivery complications and errors, difficult delivery and birth, failure to account for pregnancy risk factors, or errors in the hospital special care nursery.

As a parent, you may feel you should understand everything about your child. When your child begins to act in a way you do not expect, you may have confusion or anxiety about what it means. Symptoms that indicate your child may be in distress or functioning differently from other children can cause you great worry and concern. You may not know if what your family is going through is a normal part of early development, or if it is a sign of something more.

Many families in British Columbia experience the same concerns. After inquiring with their doctors, they may eventually receive a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. While this news can provide some measure of clarity, it can also introduce a new set concerns into the already complex dynamics of raising a family. We encourage you to contact us if this sounds like your situation.

Once a diagnosis of cerebral palsy is made, it is important for parents to realize they are not going to get all the answers they need from the health professionals. An insurance system is set up which effectively causes an informational lock-down among the doctors and hospitals. This protocol is legislatively sanctioned under section 51 of the BC Evidence Act.

People with disabilities and family caregivers endure tremendous financial strain. Caring for a child with cerebral palsy ranges from an estimated ten to twenty-five times more costly than the average child. This is a life-long condition, one with many unexpected challenges.

The team at Renaud Law Group has the experience, education and integrity to investigate the cause of your child’s cerebral palsy. The lawyers can provide you with explanations that you otherwise would not have received. Our goal is to get parents of children with cerebral palsy the care, rehabilitation, and time necessary to enjoy their children and to make the most of family life.