Cerebral palsy (CP) is caused by damage to the brain tissue that controls movement. Cerebral palsy usually occurs when the fetus is developing, although there are times after birth when trauma to the head can cause cerebral palsy. These might be during a car accident, a fall, or physical abuse.
Scientists have discovered four types of brain damage can cause cerebral palsy. These are:
At different times in the mother’s pregnancy, the fetal brain is progressing through different stages of development. Harm to the brain during any of these stages damages that part of the brain in development at that particular time.
The following problems occurring during the brain’s development can lead to cerebral palsy.
If during the birthing process the child’s brain is deprived of oxygen, the result can be cerebral palsy. An example of this is intrapartum asphyxia. An improper forceps delivery also can cause trauma to the brain, resulting in cerebral palsy.
Sadly, some instances of cerebral palsy can be prevented. If a doctor or other healthcare provider makes a mistake during the birthing process, the child is at risk of suffering permanent damage. If your child is born with a birth injury that can be linked to a preventable medical mistake, you might be eligible for financial compensation.
To schedule a confidential evaluation of your case, please contact Berkowitz Hanna today. Our firm is dedicated to helping families throughout Connecticut obtain justice in their cases.