Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injury
Birthing a baby can be an incredibly beautiful and precious experience in your life. It is a moment that will no doubt stay with the mother and father forever. And many babies are born in hospitals. When mothers are expecting they choose a doctor carefully and a hospital that they are most comfortable with. But going to a safe hospital with doctors that will take the best possible care of you and your baby may be harder than we first thought. When your baby comes into the world, you want it to come into this world free of disorders and well…be has healthy as a newborn baby. But unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Oftentimes, the negligence of doctors can rule to serious birth injuries like Cerebral Palsy.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy affects the brain. Cerebral is related to cerebellum and palsy is indicative of movement. The majority of CPy victims are infants. It is often thought of as a number of disorders that affect the brain, causing problems with seeing, hearing, mental thought, and movement. CP often affects infants 2 years and younger. These defects in development aren’t usually obvious to parents right away and only show progression when the infant cannot walk, crawl, or sit up as easily as most infants.
What can be the cause of Cerebral Palsy?
Sometimes CP, unfortunately, is caused by the negligence of the doctor. The negligence of the doctor is considered medical malpractice that can dire consequences on your newborn baby.
Some of these situations of negligence are:
- Leaving the baby in the canal too long.
- Failing to recognize and treat seizures after birth.
- Not noticing that the umbilical cord has wrapped around the baby’s neck, cutting off the oxygen to the brain.
- Not initiating a cesarean section in time.
All of these negligent actions can rule to a case of cerebral palsy in a newborn baby. And what does CP require towards how your baby’s life will be? Well each baby is different, but in general, the symptoms of CP are:
- Tight joins that do not extend all the way because they are contracted. This is known as joint contracture.
- Muscle weakness causing the inability to move those muscles, almost like paralysis.
- Abnormal walk because the muscles of the legs do not function or bend correctly.
- Hindered coordination
- Very tight muscles that do not move or contract easily.
Unfortunately, CP has no cure and will affect your baby’s life forever. If your infant has suffered from CP because of a doctor’s negligence, you have a case for medical malpractice.