During labor and delivery, the attending doctor, nurses, and other supporting staff are entrusted with the responsibility to ensure the safe and healthy arrival of a newborn. Babies are frail and easily harmed, so it is important to handle them with care, especially during the first moments of their lives.
Unfortunately, there are occasions when one or more medical professionals may fail to safely handle a newborn. When this happens, babies may suffer injuries. Birth injuries that affect the head or brain may result in serious long-term disabilities. Cerebral palsy is one of the conditions that may be associated with negligence in the delivery room..
Cerebral palsy is a medical condition in which an individual suffers damage to his or her cerebrum, which in turn limits his or her physical and cognitive abilities. Often, sufferers of cerebral palsy have difficulty walking and making other physical movements and may also have learning disabilities.
This condition may develop in the womb, during childbirth, or at any time until a child is three years old. Frequently, some sort of head trauma is to blame for a baby suffering this condition. This includes:
- Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen to a certain part of the body
- Asphyxia, or lack of oxygen to the entire body
- Shaken baby syndrome
- Birth complications
When a baby suffers any of these during childbirth, a negligent doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional may be to blame. As such, parents of children with cerebral palsy may be entitled to financial compensation for the injuries inflicted on their children.