If this article sounds similar to a recent experience that you or a loved one have suffered from, please don't hesitate to contact us online or call 859-578-4444 to schedule a free consultation!\r\n\r\nWhen the Risks are High for Cerebral Palsy: Kentucky Lawyer Explains\r\n\r\nIt is a condition that affects 1 in every 303 children. Every year, approximately 10,000 babies develop it. The cost to care for a child suffering from this disorder is roughly a half a million dollars.\r\nWhat condition are we referring to?\u00a0Cerebral palsy.\r\n\r\nMedical experts define\u00a0cerebral palsy\u00a0as \u201ca disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by injury or abnormal development in the immature brain, most often before birth.\u201d (Source: Mayoclinic.com) The symptoms of this life-changing condition tend to surface in infancy or during the preschool years.\r\nRisk Factors Associated with Cerebral Palsy\r\nIf your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you may be blaming yourself and wondering if there was anything you could have done to prevent it. The reality is that it is not your fault.\r\nThere are certain situations that can lead to cerebral palsy, including the following:\r\n\r\n \tAn infection:\u00a0If your baby had an infection, it could have caused inflammation in the brain. Also, if you had an infection while pregnant, your child\u2019s development could have been affected.\r\n \tHead trauma:\u00a0Falls and car accidents can result in serious head injuries, ultimately leading to cerebral palsy.\r\n \tAsphyxia:\u00a0A birth injury that restricted oxygen flow to the brain could have caused the disorder.\r\n \tFetal stroke:\u00a0According to Mayoclinic.com, a fetal stroke can result in \u201ca disruption of blood supply to the developing brain.\u201d\r\n \tPremature birth:\u00a0Babies who are born before 37 weeks of gestation are at a higher risk of developing cerebral palsy.\r\n \tBreech delivery:\u00a0The odds of cerebral palsy go up when the baby is delivered in breech position or feet first.\r\n\r\nCerebral Palsy From a Birth Injury\r\nSome of the scenarios above are often caused by doctor\u2019s negligence. If you believe your child developed cerebral palsy from a birth injury or other form of medical malpractice, you may be able to recover compensation. While there is no dollar amount that can reverse the damage that has been done, you may be able to receive compensation that would cover your child\u2019s medical bills and other related-expenses.\r\nFor a free case evaluation or to get answers to your questions, contact an experienced\u00a0Kentucky birth injury lawyer\u00a0at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297.\u00a0 We have been representing families of injured children in Kentucky and Ohio for over 35 years.