Was your child’s Cerebral Palsy caused by medical negligence?

Cerebral palsy may be caused by injury to the baby's brain during pregnancy, during labour and delivery or during the first few years of life.

In some cases, the brain injury may have been preventable with appropriate medical treatment. Examples of how preventable brain injuries can occur include:

During Pregnancy:

a) Failure to diagnose and treat illness in the mother such as acute fatty liver of pregnancy or pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure);

b) Failure to respond to signs of preterm labour;

c) Failure to diagnose and properly treat symptoms (such as maternal bleeding) of placenta previa (a condition in which the placenta covers a portion of the cervix and leads to bleeding as the cervix dilates) or placental abruption (premature separation of the placenta from the uterine wall); or

d) Failure to properly monitor a twin or multiple gestation pregnancy.

During Labour and Delivery

a) Uterine rupture during a vaginal birth following a previous caesarian section (VBAC);

b) Failure to treat a herpes infection in the mother, and take appropriate measures to avoid transmission of the virus to the baby during delivery;

c) Failure to detect and respond to a non-reassuring fetal heart rate during labour;

d) Failure to properly administer oxytocin during labour;

e) Failure to detect and respond to tachysystole (excessive contractions) during labour;

f) Failure to intervene to expedite the delivery of the baby when progress has slowed or stopped;

g) Failure to properly manage an operative vaginal delivery (i.e vacuum or forceps); or

h) Failure to recommend a caesarian section.

After Birth

a) Failure to diagnose and properly treat certain conditions in the baby including:

  • hypoglycemia (low blood sugar);
  • hyperbilirubinemia (high bilirubin levels); or
  • infection, such as encephalitis or meningitis; or

b) Failing to properly administer medication, nutrition or fluids.