Cerebral palsy is a group of neurological disorders that is usually caused by brain abnormalities early in a child’s development or during delivery. CP affects muscle coordination, body movement, and brain function. Many children born with CP do not display any signs until months later.
Yes, CP is often linked to injuries that occur during pregnancy or the delivery of a child. Often, CP is caused by delayed action by doctors or the failure by doctors to detect injuries that can affect brain development or brain function.
There are some common causes of CP that can be a result of medical malpractice. Infections can occur as a result of injuries that occur during birth. Infections can threaten brain development if not properly detected. Injuries to the head may occur during delivery, if the delivery is done with a device such as forceps or a vacuum. These head injuries can ultimately result in CP. If the placenta detaches during birth, uncontrolled bleeding can occur, which can limit the supply of blood reaching the baby’s brain. Finally, brain injuries that result in a lack of oxygen to the brain during pregnancy or child birth can cause CP.
If your child has been diagnosed with CP, it’s likely that he or she will have extensive medical and other expenses for many years or a lifetime. If the CP was caused by a doctor’s negligence, it’s important to act quickly to ensure that your child receives fair compensation for his or her injuries. We can help. Call today to schedule your free consultation.