Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a group of neurological chronic disorders affecting body movements and muscle coordination. It is caused by damage to the brain. “Cerebral” refers to the brain and “palsy” to a disorder of movement or posture. Children with cerebral palsy may not be able to walk, talk, eat or play in the same ways as most other children.
Notably, cerebral palsy is also caused by events that occur shortly before, during and after birth. In many cases, cerebral palsy resulting from the cutoff of blood supply to the brain is medically preventable and was caused by negligence on the part of obstetricians, nurses or other medical care providers. Our NJ birth injury lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP, regularly represent parents of babies born with cerebral palsy resulting from physician negligence or mistakes made in the delivery room.
We are familiar with the medically complex, but frequently frivolous, defenses used by defendant physicians, their insurance companies and their attorneys. We are proud of our record of protecting the rights of families impacted by babies born with cerebral palsy that could have been prevented by competent medical care. Our case history includes individual cases in which we have recovered more than $10 million on behalf of our clients — compensation the families will need for a lifetime of special care required by the children and to keep these children safe throughout their lifetime.
There are several known causes of cerebral palsy, including infectious diseases, such as bacterial meningitis or viral encephalitis, that attack the brain, and also brain trauma from accidents where a head injury was sustained. Cerebral palsy is frequently caused when obstetricians and/or nurses fail to properly monitor the well-being of the fetus during a mother’s labor and delivery. They may fail to recognize and/or treat fetal distress apparent on electronic fetal monitoring equipment. Such failures are departures from the standard of care and could result in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain during the labor, often referred to as hypoxia. The term most often refers to a brain injury sustained by newborns, and babies with HIE will frequently have cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy may also be caused when medical care providers fail to timely diagnose and treat infectious diseases such as meningitis or jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia). Delays in diagnosing and treating these conditions may result in brain damage and cerebral palsy, including conditions such as:
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