erebral palsy is a movement disorder that is caused when damage occurs to a developing brain. A child with cerebral palsy can show symptoms in infancy, but sometimes a child may not begin to show symptoms until he or she is 3 or 4 years old.
In many instances, the cause for cerebral palsy is unknown. Cerebral palsy can develop when not enough oxygen reaches a fetus’s or baby’s brain, when a maternal infection impacts a developing fetus or when an infection causes inflammation around an infant’s brain, among other known causes.
Medical malpractice can cause cerebral palsy during fetal development, during delivery or shortly after birth. Some instances in which a child’s cerebral palsy could be cause by medical malpractice, include when:
Although it can be challenging to determine the cause of a child’s cerebral palsy, there are some signs that, if present, may indicate medical malpractice could be the cause. Your child’s cerebral palsy may have been caused by medical malpractice if your child experienced any of the following symptoms after birth:
Raising a child who has cerebral palsy can be expensive. However, if medical malpractice caused your child’s cerebral palsy, legal action may result in compensation for medical expenses and other costs associated with raising a child who has cerebral palsy.