Causes of Cerebral Palsy
There are various causes of cerebral palsy, and each cause is distinct and may or may not have been preventable. In some cases of cerebral palsy, the mother suffered from an infection that adversely impacted the brain development of the fetus. Premature and low birth weight babies are more susceptible to cerebral palsy, and the reasons for their premature birth and low birth weight are many and varied. Pregnant women that are exposed to toxic substances such as mercury may have a child born with cerebral palsy. Additionally, women that endure a difficult labor and delivery are more likely to have a baby that may experience a birth injury. Birth injuries can result in cerebral palsy, and in many cases birth injuries are preventable. If doctors and nurses respond quickly and provide the necessary treatment, emergency situations can be handled in such a way that both mother and baby remain unharmed. However, when these situations are handled carelessly or and appropriate measures are not taken and the child is injured, the parents may have a basis for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
In many cases, parents do not even realize the extent of their child’s injuries until several months later. When the child does not reach normal developmental milestones, parents may become concerned that something may be medically wrong with their son or daughter. There are several symptoms parents can be aware of, but parents should know that cerebral palsy is generally not diagnosed until the child is 2-3 years of age. For the first few years of the child’s life, the parents may not know for certain why their child is developmentally delayed. Many children affected by cerebral palsy will have normal intellect, but others will experience mental retardation. Children may also suffer from vision or hearing problem, seizures, and almost all children with cerebral palsy are limited in their physical movement. Even the most basic of tasks, such as buttoning a shirt, may be extremely difficult for a child with cerebral palsy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year 10,000 babies develop cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a condition, not a disease, and can be the result of medical malpractice that occurred before, during, or after birth. Parents in Maryland and Washington D.C. that would like to speak with an attorney about a possible medical malpractice lawsuit should contact Robinson and Associates. Robinson and Associates is one of the premier law firms in Maryland and Washington D.C. that handle medical malpractice cases.