There are a number of potential causes of cerebral palsy, but the majority of cases are caused by brain damage to the baby during pregnancy, delivery, or shortly after birth. Unfortunately, doctors and medical experts do not fully understand what other factors may cause CP.
Many cases of cerebral palsy are caused when the child is born prematurely, or when the child suffers an early infection, stroke, or blood clot. In most cases, cerebral palsy develops when the infant suffers trauma during delivery, such as a lack of oxygen (blood flow) to their brain. In these cases, cerebral palsy is often the direct result of negligence or malpractice, and the parents have every right to pursue a cerebral palsy medical malpractice lawsuit.