Almost all instances of cerebral palsy are congenital. Congenital is used to describe a condition that an infant is born with. Cerebral palsy is due to damage to the developing brain, usually when the child is still in its mother’s womb. Some type of trauma occurs to the areas of the brain that determine movement. As a result, the baby may be born with a movement disorder called cerebral palsy.
The disorder can result from problems before birth in the pregnant mother or problems in the fetus. It also can result from problems that occur during or after birth. A stroke in the fetus can cause multiple sclerosis in the child.
Fetal stroke occurs between the fourteenth week of pregnancy and the time of delivery. Problems in the mother that can lead to stroke in the fetus include:
Problems in the fetus that can lead to cerebral palsy (that also may be due to maternal disorders) include:
Stroke in the fetus is caused by constricted blood vessels in the brain, a blood clot in the brain, or blood hemorrhage in the brain. The stroke leads to death or damage to the brain and the type of cerebral palsy and the part or parts of the newborn’s body that are affected depend upon where in the brain the stroke occurs.
There are instances when problems arise during the birth or right after the birth of the child that could lead to cerebral palsy. Any type of trauma that affects the newborn’s brain and deprives part of the brain of oxygen might cause cerebral palsy.
While this situation is not the norm, it does occur. If your child has cerebral palsy and you believe medical malpractice is the cause, you should contact an attorney to discuss the possibilities of a potential lawsuit. If it is justified, you and your child deserve compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured.
To schedule a consultation with a Connecticut congenital cerebral palsy lawyer, please call Berkowitz and Hanna LLC today.