CAUSATION AND PREVENTION OF CEREBRAL PALSY
Written By: Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP
By Paul Rheingold
Brain damage at birth due to insufficient oxygen, or hypoxia is recognized as the cause of cerebral palsy. It is also a condition that can be avoided, through the use of due care.
Physicians at a major hospital in Portugal studied the incidence of seizures occurring right after delivery, as a sign of the baby not getting sufficient oxygen around the delivery period. The condition they labeled as HIE: hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. (Acta Med Port.<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23534588> 2012 Nov-Dec;25(6):368-74)
Our firm has extensive experience with cases involving brain damage during the delivery period. Often our nurse through close examination of the records, including the fetal heart monitoring strips, can point to a time when the fetus could have avoided being under oxygenated, if the attending personnel had been more vigilant.