What Causes Cerebral Palsy at Birth?


A mother holding newborn baby's head in her hands.In infants,
cerebral palsy is the result of a brain injury or brain malformation that occurs before,
during, or right after birth, when an infant’s brain is most vulnerable.
The impact it may have on a child depends on the severity of the injury
and where the damage occurred. Some doctors and scientists also believe
that cerebral palsy may be caused by maternal infections prior to delivery.
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Types of Encephalopathy


Baby's hand closed with stethoscope next to her.Commonly used as a general term for a brain disorder or disease, encephalopathy is a serious condition that impacts the function of the brain. The severity of the abnormality varies, and can be classified as either transient, recurrent, or permanent, possibly being reversible over time. There are various types of encephalopathy that each cause serious symptoms, with potential causes varying from trauma to the brain to genetic conditions. It is important to understand what types of encephalopathy exist and what treatment options you may have.
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10 Facts About Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

Baby's hand making fist, next to stethoscope.

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy occurs when the fetal brain does receive enough oxygen. Often referred
to as “HIE,” Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy can lead to permanent
brain damage,
cerebral palsy, and death. Common factors that cause HIE include umbilical cord entanglement
or prolapse, placental abruption and excessive uterine stimulation. To
better understand the condition, we’ve listed

10 Facts About Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy:
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What is Hypoxic Brain Injury?


The human brain, shown in 3D human model of the head.The brain requires approximately 20% of the body’s oxygen intake
to function properly. Hypoxia occurs when the brain does not receive enough
oxygen. The low levels of oxygen limits brain activity, interrupting neurotransmitters
and electrochemical impulses. This can seriously affect the rest of the
body. Brain cells can die within five minutes. If not handled appropriately
and quickly, cerebral hypoxia can cause brain damage or death.
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4 “Never Events” That Could Give Rise to Medical Malpractice Claims

When you walk into a hospital, you expect the physicians and doctors to
be well trained and know the proper procedures. You place your trust in
them, expecting them to know how to best care for your health. Doctors
need to go through extensive schooling and training before they can help
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Resolve to Seek the Compensation You Deserve

Blue stethoscope and medical records on the table with doctor and nurse in the background.

In the blink of an eye, the New Year is here. This is usually a time for
reflection and anticipation. As we say goodbye to another year, we eagerly
welcome a new one. Most people usually take this moment to make New Year’s
resolutions to get them through the year. Unfortunately, for those who
have been injured by medical malpractice or birth injuries, they do not
have the same luxury.
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