Can Medical Malpractice Cause Cerebral Palsy?

Posted on March 9, 2018

Pregnancy and labor can be stressful on its own, but did you know there could be serious, lifelong risks due to medical malpractice? A substantial number of children born with cerebral palsy contract the injury because of incidences of medical malpractice. If you believe someone you know is suffering from cerebral palsy because of medical malpractice, you may have a case. Medical malpractice is defined as a situation where a healthcare professional acts carelessly or with negligence. Keep reading to learn more about cerebral palsy so you can decide if it is worth consulting with an attorney.

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What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a permanent condition which results from brain damage during the birth process. Individuals with cerebral palsy may experience diminished motor skills, physical impairment, and may have special needs. While there are varying degrees of severity for individuals with this condition, cerebral palsy can make life much more difficult for an individual.

The Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is caused by lack of oxygen or pressure to the brain. Doctors who do not practice due diligence during the birthing process could cause a child to be born with this incurable condition. It is important for all healthcare professionals to consider the factors and risks for each individual pregnancy. Prolonged, difficult labors have a higher likelihood of a birth defect occurring so it is important for doctors to make the right decisions which will lead to the most successful outcome possible. For example, if a doctor is not careful with the umbilical cord, the baby may not be able to get the oxygen it needs and this could lead to a condition like cerebral palsy.

Ways of Proving the Condition was Preventable

Contact our attorneys if you believe that you have proof that the condition could have been prevented and was a direct result of medical malpractice. You can prove medical malpractice if the doctor did not perform a necessary c-section, a prolapsed umbilical cord was ignored, or the doctor failed to notice an infection or fever in the mother or unborn child.