What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
For many parents, hearing that their child has cerebral palsy is one of the more difficult things to experience. This is a situation that can present a lifetime of obstacles, and individuals don’t fully understand what it means.
Understanding some of the common causes of cerebral palsy can be important when determining if someone is in fact accountable for the injuries sustained. In the case of cerebral palsy, the damage is mostly the result of the doctor’s negligence.
The Exact Cause
Cerebral palsy is an injury that damages the brain, including the parts that are responsible for motor control, coordination, balance, and more. In the most common cases, cerebral palsy is caused by prenatal injuries to the infant.
However, in 20% of cases, cerebral palsy is caused during the actual birth, with 10% of injuries occurring after the birth. This means 70% of cases involving cerebral palsy are most likely caused by failure to monitor or other issues that arise during pregnancy.
Some of the most common causes include:
- Pregnancy infections: Doctors must ensure that any infections a mother has are treated effectively so they are not passed on to the baby. Both rubella and cytomegalovirus are known causes of cerebral palsy.
- Asphyxiation: If there is a lack of oxygen to the baby during the pregnancy or during labor or delivery, it may cause cerebral palsy. Doctors must work quickly if asphyxiation is identified.
- Severe jaundice going untreated: Jaundice is a situation in which a newborn has a yellow hue to their skin and / or their eyes. This must be treated, especially in the most severe cases. This is the responsibility of the doctor, and if they fail to take action, it can be considered negligence.
Doctors must take action once they notice any sign or symptom of any kind of distress with the baby. Allowing something to persist for an extended period of time is dangerous and puts the infant at risk of developing a serious condition such as cerebral palsy.
At Brown & Barron, our Baltimore birth injury attorneys work hard to hold the negligent party accountable and seek compensation for those who have been affected. Cerebral palsy is a serious condition that should be considered as such.
Call our firm at (410) 698-1717 today to learn more about what legal options you may have.