What is Cerebral Palsy? Albany Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Birth Injury

Learn About Cerebral Palsy from our Albany Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a disorder or group of disorders which is caused by damaged to parts of the brain.  Usually the damage is to the basal ganglia, which is a very important part of the brain.  Our Albany medical malpractice lawyer knows that there are many causes to CP, but the most common are related to hypoxic conditions of the brain.  This means conditions that result in low oxygen to the developing brain of a baby either immediately before, at, or just after birth.  Many times the presence of CP is likely due to New York medical malpractice.

As stated, the main mechanism for causing CP is a hypoxic condition.  This could be caused by pressure on the umbilical cord or a rupture on the umbilical cord.  It could also be bilirubin encephalopathy, which could be a dangerous condition known as kernicterus which is when the kidneys are not properly filtering out the bilirubin.  Other times a baby could have hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE, which is a deprivation of oxygenated blood which could cause damage to the brain.

There are many different types of cerebral palsy.  The type of several palsy is related to the damage of the brain, including the location of the damage and the severity of the damage.  This is important because damage at certain areas affects the brain differently, which means it affects how a healthcare provider will treat the patient.  Some types of CP are characterized by erratic movement, whereas other types of CP are characterized by shaky or uncontrolled movement, and even other types are characterized by very slow, twisting movements.

Unfortunately, many types CP results from New York medical malpractice which is preventable.  This means that a motor should be liable for their mistakes and injuries caused to a young patient.  

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