If your child received a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, you may be wondering what could have caused his or her condition. Cerebral palsy is described as an impairment of the body’s ability to control movement and posture, and can be the result of a brain injury during the labor and delivery process.
Cerebral palsy is often caused by a lack of oxygen and blood flow to a baby’s brain during labor and delivery. This is known as hypoxia-ischemia. When blood and/or oxygen is restricted to a baby’s brain, significant cellular damage may occur which can lead to cerebral palsy. Restriction of oxygen or blood to the baby may be caused by umbilical cord compression, preeclampsia, or doctors failing to diagnose or respond properly to fetal distress, among other factors. Another cause of cerebral palsy may be trauma caused by improper use of vacuum or forceps, or improper technique by the doctor during delivery, which may lead to intracranial hemorrhage, stroke, and/or fetal skull fractures.
Improper care in the NICU and healthcare professionals’ failure to recognize certain medical problems may also cause cerebral palsy. Kernicterus, which is a condition characterized by high levels of bilirubin in the blood, is caused by severe jaundice and, if left untreated, may cause cerebral palsy.
If your child is affected by cerebral palsy as a result of malpractice, call us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your situation.
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