Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a category of chronic conditions affecting body movements and muscle control.  It can be caused by damage to the brain before, during, or after birth.  Sometimes, cerebral palsy is a birth injury resulting from medical malpractice.

What are Some Causes of Cerebral Palsy?

There is not one specific cause of cerebral palsy.  However, cerebral palsy can result from brain damages sustained before, during or after birth.  Some medical mistakes that have caused children to be born with cerebral palsy include: 

  • Failure to conduct certain tests during pregnancy or misinterpretation of those tests
  • Failure to respond to changes in the mother’s condition during the pregnancy, such as high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Failure to respond to changes in the fetal condition during the pregnancy
  • Failure to conduct a C-section when necessary
  • Failure to detect a prolapsed cord (umbilical cord wrapped around the fetus’s neck, cutting off oxygen to the brain)
  • Administering too much Pitocin to induce labor
  • Leaving the child in the birth canal too long, causing a lack of oxygen to the brain
  • Excessive use of vacuum extraction
  • Improper use of forceps
  • Failure to treat seizures following delivery
  • Failure to treat jaundice
  • Failure to treat meningitis

Do I Need a Lawyer to Sue for Medical Malpractice?

If your child was born with cerebral palsy as a result of medical malpractice, you should speak to an experienced medical malpractice attorney to learn more about the value of your case and what types of recoveries are available to you.