Welcoming a child into the world is a momentous occasion, filled with joy, hope, and dreams for the future. Unfortunately, not all births go as planned, and some children may experience birth injuries that have life-long consequences. Cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder affecting muscle coordination and body movement, is one such condition that can result from complications during birth. In this article, we will explore what cerebral palsy is, how and why it occurs, and the legal actions that can be taken on behalf of families affected by this condition.
Cerebral Palsy as a birth injury
CP can occur when damage occurs to the developing brain, either in the womb or shortly after birth. While some cases of CP are due to factors such as infections or genetic conditions, others are the result of preventable birth injuries. These injuries can happen while the mother is in labor, as the baby's brain may be deprived of oxygen or experience trauma. It's important to note that not all cases of CP are attributable to medical malpractice, but some are.