Cerebral Palsy is a brain injury and developmental disorder that can happen while the fetus is in the womb or during the delivery process. One of its leading causes is lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain during labor or directly after. Lack of oxygen is caused by asphyxiation (suffocating), which causes the baby immediate distress. It’s a neuromuscular disorder, which means it impacts abilities such as motor control, ability to speak, move, or grasp objects.The symptoms of cerebral palsy are often not immediately apparent. Parents may recognize that their baby has failed to reach developmental milestones such as crawling or rolling over, or may have noticed more clinical signs such as difficulties with balance, improper muscle tone, challenges with gross motor functioning or motor control, and challenges with oral motor control.
Cerebral Palsy can be caused by a number of complications. Within the womb, there may have been a disturbance in the brain cells’ ability to migrate and develop correctly. Or, there may have been a problem with myelin levels. Myelin works as a protective insulation for nerve cells, and when there is too little, nerve cells are left exposed and can become damaged.
Cerebral Palsy can also happen during the birthing process due to medical negligence. If the baby is distressed during the labor process and is unable to breathe. This asphyxiation can cause the death of brain cells, causing cerebral palsy. Because there are a number of causes, our birth injury law firm will uncover potentially undisclosed details of the birthing process to determine if intra-labor trauma was responsible. Happenings may occur negligence in the form of failure to notice fetal distress, failure to resuscitate the baby quickly, or potentially prescribing a harmful medication to a pregnant mother before the birth process.