Medical Malpractice and Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy, which can occur from a lack of oxygen to the brain of the baby during labor and/or after delivery, is one of the most severe birth injuries that can happen during the birth process. The baby gets oxygen through the umbilical cord during the nine months of pregnancy. If the umbilical cord is compressed during labor and/or delivery and the supply of oxygen is not sufficient, the baby’s brain can suffer permanent, often devastating, damage.
Cerebral palsy is the term used to describe a motor coordination problem that results from an injury to the part of the brain that controls voluntary muscle use and coordination. It is often associated with seizures and/or some degree of developmental delay. There are several different types of cerebral palsy, based on the area of brain affected and the severity of the injury.
Any kind of cerebral palsy, regardless of its type or severity, can have life-long consequences to the baby and the family. This calls for an immediate and careful investigation of the entire labor and delivery process to determine whether or not this birth injury could have been prevented. In many cases, evidence in the medical records shows significant problems and gives clear proof that the unfortunate outcome could have been prevented with responsible medical care.
If your child is suffering from developmental delay or a movement disorder, it is possible that a birth injury may have led to cerebral palsy. Call Thering, PLLC at 866-996-7123 for a free legal consultation.