What factors may indicate that my child’s cerebral palsy occurred as a result of medical malpractice?

Some of the signs that medical malpractice was a factor in causing your child’s cerebral palsy include:

  • Poor APGAR scores.
  • Blue skin, suggesting oxygen deprivation in the baby.
  • Lower than normal umbilical cord blood gases.
  • Meconium aspiration.
  • Seizures shortly after birth.
  • Poor muscle control or difficulty feeding after birth due to a poor sucking response.

A prolonged labor in which the baby is not delivered within 24 hours of the water breaking can also be a risk factor for cerebral palsy. If the baby is full-term but is placed in the neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) or if the baby needs to be resuscitated after birth, these are also potential signs that negligence during birth resulted in cerebral palsy.