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Cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders that can involve the brain and nervous system. It’s caused by brain injury or malformation.
In many instances, children with this disorder are born with it, but not always. This condition may occur any time the brain is developing — before, during or after birth.
During a complicated delivery, if an infant’s head becomes lodged in the birth canal, the mother’s contractions can put pressure on the head. This causes the baby’s cranial plates to shift, lock or become disproportioned.
If a physician uses forceps or suction devices, or otherwise twists the baby’s neck, this pressure may intensify damage to the head. These actions can result in direct neurological dysfunction.
Each case of the disorder is unique. From person to person, the symptoms can vary significantly. This is because both the type and timing of the injury differ for each individual.
Cerebral palsy affects muscles, including their control, coordination, tone and reflex. Posture and balance are often affected. Fine and gross motor skills may also be impaired.
If you believe your physician acted with negligence during your delivery and your baby suffered brain trauma during the process, you may have cause to seek damages.
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