What is Cerebral Palsy?

The term “Cerebral Palsy” (CP) is used to describe a group of motor disorders which usually affect the development and coordination of muscles due to abnormal brain development or brain damage. CP is a permanent condition and the most common motor disability found in childhood.

The condition is not curable and commonly occurs when a baby’s brain does not develop normally whilst they are in the womb, it can also occur when a baby’s brain is damaged during or shortly after birth and unfortunately, this is sometimes due to clinical negligence.

The Top 5 signs of Cerebral Palsy caused by negligence:

Failing to properly monitor your baby’s heartbeat

An unusual heart rate can suggest that your baby is in foetal distress and may not be getting sufficient oxygen. As confirmed earlier within this article, deprivation of oxygen can occur before, during or shortly after birth, and can be fatal or cause permanent damage to your baby’s brain. Therefore, your baby’s heartrate should be monitored appropriately before, during and after delivery.

A delay in the delivery of your baby, causing intrauterine hypoxia/asphyxia (deprivation of oxygen)

If there has been a delay in the delivery of your baby, this can cause a deprivation of oxygen, and this can happen before, during or shortly after birth. In severe cases, this can be life threatening and can cause long-lasting damage to your baby’s brain.

Failure to diagnose and treat hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar)

Hypoglycaemia can occur in expectant mothers due to changes in how their body regulates and metabolises glucose when they are pregnant. It is common if you suffer with diabetes or gestational diabetes. Minor symptoms of hypoglycaemia include shaking, sweating, anxiety, pale skin, irregular heartbeat, exhaustion, blurred vision and headaches.

A failure to diagnose and treat Jaundice, resulting in increased levels of bilirubin in the blood (hyperbilirubinemia) and kernicterus (a complication of neonatal jaundice), resulting in brain damage

This condition results from a build-up of bilirubin in the bloodstream. Bilirubin is a yellow substance that is formed as red blood cells, which carry oxygen through the body, are broken down. This can most often be noticed by your baby appearing to be yellow in certain areas such as yellowing of the skin, whites of their eyes, and their palms. If your baby has high levels of bilirubin and is left untreated, this can lead to permanent brain damage.

Missed or delayed diagnosis of meningitis

Meningitis is an infection of the defensive membranes around the brain and spinal cord. Babies frequently develop this infection, and it can be extremely dangerous, causing long-lasting or permanent damage to the nerves and brain if not treated promptly. You can identify meningitis by seeing symptoms such as vomiting, intolerance of lights, high temperature, a rash which does not fade when a glass is pressed against the skin, seizures and unresponsiveness.

Cerebral Palsy is a condition that your child will have for life, and where it has been caused by negligence, compensation is a necessity to manage with the costs you will face and to provide you and your child with access to the best help available for this condition.

If your child has suffered with Cerebral Palsy as a result of medical negligence, RHL Solicitors’s expert solicitors are here to help.

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