Birth injuries may be caused by medical mistakes that are made before, during or shortly after birth. In some cases, birth injuries involve damage to the brain. Therefore, cerebral palsy is a possible outcome. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. Cerebral palsy may occur when an infant’s developing brain is injured.
There are several types of birth injuries or medical mistakes that can cause a newborn to develop cerebral palsy. Examples may include:
- Oxygen deprivation: A newborn can suffer a brain injury if they are deprived of oxygen. This can occur if the umbilical cord prolapsed or if there is trauma to the infant in utero. Should displacement during delivery could also lead to oxygen deprivation.
- Failure to treat an infection: Cerebral palsy is a possible outcome if an expectant mother suffers from an infection and does not receive adequate treatment.
- Failure to treat newborn jaundice: Although very rare, severe cases of infant jaundice can lead to athetoid cerebral palsy if it is not treated.
- Blunt force trauma: Newborns can suffer from blunt force trauma when obstetricians improperly use forceps or vacuum extractors during delivery.
Can I File a Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Lawsuit?
We have only discussed a handful of birth injury scenarios that could lead to a newborn developing cerebral palsy. However, the cases we have discussed are also treatable or preventable. Cerebral palsy, especially very severe cases, could severely limit the quality of life for you and your child. Children with severe cases may require around-the-clock care and other forms of assistance for the rest of their lives.
If you believe your infant developed cerebral palsy due to a medical mistake at birth, then you could speak to one of our attorneys to explore your legal options. You should speak with an attorney as soon as possible because there is a statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit.
The Atlantic City medical malpractice attorneys at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. have extensive experience helping victims of hospital and medical negligence.