As a parent of a child with cerebral palsy, you know how difficult it can be to cope with the disorder. You probably never imagined that your child would be afflicted with such a devastating disorder and may be wondering what caused it.
Cerebral palsy can affect a child’s ability to perform voluntary movements and can also impact muscle coordination. Some individuals with cerebral palsy have stiff or tight muscles and exaggerated reflexes. Unfortunately, there is no cure for cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is the result of brain damage and symptoms usually surface shortly after birth or early in childhood. Brain damage that leads to cerebral palsy can be caused by infections, long labor and delivery, birth defects, seizures, premature birth, lack of oxygen, low birth weight, bleeding in the brain or genetic conditions. Cerebral palsy has also been linked to birth injuries resulting from errors made by doctors and/or hospitals.
Doctors and hospitals sometimes make mistakes that lead to cerebral palsy. Some of these catastrophic errors include leaving the infant in the birth canal too long, failure to treat seizures, improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction and failure to detect a prolapsed cord. When a doctor delays a C-section or doesn’t promptly address complications during labor and delivery, the risk of birth injury increases, which also raises the likelihood of the child developing cerebral palsy.
If your baby has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you believe that hospital error or doctor error could have contributed to your child’s disorder, you need to talk with a medical malpractice attorney. The experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Tavss Fletcher can review the details of your case to help you determine the cause of your child’s disorder. Call us today at 757-625-1214 for legal advice regarding your child’s cerebral palsy case.
The article, Cerebral Palsy Caused by Birth Injury, has more information on this subject.