Cerebral palsy is one of the neurological disorders that can strike down a child at birth. While it isn’t always an outcome of medical negligence (which means not all cerebral palsy cases equate a medical malpractice case), several instances may cause it to be so. In such cases, it is vital for the loved ones to seek a birth injury lawyer’s help.
Cerebral palsy sometimes occurs when the baby’s brain fail to receive sufficient oxygen prior to birth. Some inherent factors also contribute to the potential development of cerebral palsy, and an attending healthcare professional may have overlooked them.
They include, among others, a failure to constantly monitor and treat the mother for infections during the pregnancy, improper handling of a prolapsed umbilical cord, and failure to go for a caesarean section when the baby’s head is too big for a natural delivery.
An independent medical professional can determine which type of cerebral palsy the child is afflicted with, giving further credence to the case and even possibly pinpoint the people liable for the condition.
Spastic cerebral palsy is notable if the patient has problems with moving their muscles, leading to an inability to grip. Ataxic cerebral palsy has symptoms such as muscle coordination difficulties, sense of balance issues, and poor depth perception. Athetoid cerebral palsy will show through sudden jerks in movement and slurred speech.