According to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, “Cerebral Palsy (CP) is an umbrella term that refers to a group of disorders affecting a person’s ability to move. It is a permanent life-long condition, but generally does not worsen over time. It is due to damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth.” (What Is Cerebral Palsy)
While some brain injuries and forms of cerebral palsy happen before birth, there are cases in which the doctor does not handle birth correctly, leading to brain injury to the infant. Some of the physician caused connections to cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury include:
- Failure to treat infections in the mother,
- Failure to use appropriate measures when monitoring fetal heart rate during birth,
- Failure to notice and properly treat prolapsed umbilical cord,
- Failure to use a c-section when the baby has taken too long to pass through the birth canal,
- Delay in using emergency c-section measures, and
- Negligence when using instruments such as vacuums and forceps during delivery.
If a doctor or someone else in the medical field made a mistake during the birth of a child, the damage to the brain could result in cerebral palsy as well as other traumatic brain conditions. These conditions are life-long and usually mean the child will need constant care for the rest of their lives.
If your child has a brain injury due to malpractice during pregnancy or birth, contact the law offices of Thompson Wedeking. You may have a case against someone involved.