Cerebral palsy is one of the most common types of birth injuries, occurring about twice in every 1,000 births. The term “cerebral palsy” encompasses a number of conditions with varying symptoms. However, all types of cerebral palsy include a non-progressive impairment of motor functions that causes a physical disability. Although the main effects of the disorder are seen in body movement, they can also appear in communication, depth perception and sensation.
The disorder is caused by an injury to the brain’s motor control centers that occurs while the brain is still developing. This damage may occur during pregnancy, during childbirth or in the first three years of a child’s life.
Cerebral palsy is sometimes caused by the negligence of medical personnel during the childbirth process, and in these cases a personal injury lawsuit may be able to help the family to recover appropriate compensation.
Medical malpractice can lead to cerebral palsy in a number of different ways, all of which involve some injury to the brain. In some cases, the infant experiences trauma to the head during labor and delivery. In others, negligence on the part of medical personnel results leaves the brain deprived of oxygen for a period of time.
Cerebral palsy can also result from severe jaundice. Many infants have jaundice, which is caused by excessive bilirubin in the blood, and it is usually treated easily with no lasting health effects. However, severe, untreated jaundice can result in damage to the brain, causing cerebral palsy.