Cerebral Palsy is a long-lasting disorder that affects muscle tone movement, and motor skills. Motor skills are the ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way. It is one of the most common congenital (existing before birth) disorders of childhood. It can also lead to other health issues such as speech, vision, and hearing problems. These can extend to learning disabilities in children.
There is no cure for cerebral palsy. However, treatment, therapy, special equipment and in some cases, surgery can help children who are living with the condition.
Cerebral Palsy claims can be quite complex and be emotionally difficult for the parents.
If you have been made victim Cerebral Palsy related medical negligence, get in touch with an experienced Medical Negligence solicitor to handle your case.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy
There are two types of cases.
1. Non-negligent cases
It is worth mentioning that not all cases are due to the negligent management of a mother’s pregnancy, delivery or indeed the neonatal care given to the baby by health professionals. In fact it is a rare for problems / complications during a mother’s labour and delivery to cause Cerebral Palsy.
In cases where negligence is not the cause, cerebral palsy is caused by congenital malformation of the brain.
This occurs when the foetus is growing inside the womb leading to the child being born. there is a birth defect as opposed to developing this disorder as a result of negligence on the part of the medical professional. Many cases are as a result of problems during pregnancy when a foetus’ is brain is either damaged or does not develop normally. This can be due to infections, maternal health problems, a genetic disorder or something else that interferes with normal brain development.
2. Negligent Cases
In some cases, cerebral palsy is caused by medical negligence on the part of the doctor, nurse or midwife. There are a number of different mistakes, actions, and misjudgements that can be made by the health professional during a mother’s pregnancy, labour and delivery of the baby’s immediate post-natal that can cause cerebral palsy, these can include:
Cerebral Palsy Claims
This is the most common form. It affects the body’s ability to relax muscles causing rigidity meaning that control or movement will, therefore, be poor. Often the child will have severe learning difficulties and a reduced life expectancy.
This form has a more subtle symptoms often associated with problems with balance, speech in perhaps shaky hand movements.