Is Cerebral Palsy Caused by Birth Injury Malpractice?
It can feel like the world has stopped after a loved one is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. But for many people, this is only the first setback in a long chain of struggles. Many people with cerebral palsy experience costly and debilitating conditions. They may require around-the-clock assistance from a caretaker, not to mention significant financial and emotional strain.
There are many causes of cerebral palsy. And while there is no single cause, there is a substantial link between medical negligence during birth and cerebral palsy development. Find out more about the link between cerebral palsy and medical malpractice below.
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What is Cerebral Palsy?
The term “cerebral palsy” refers to a grouping of the brain and nervous system conditions. Cerebral palsy combines two terms; one for the brain (cerebral) and one for lack of bodily control (paralysis/palsy). These conditions affect movement, sight, cognition, and hearing. In the United States, 8,000 infants are born with cerebral palsy annually.
There are many types of cerebral palsy. The extent of an individual’s condition is a signal for how much assistance they will need. Some people will require minimal amounts of service. But others may need extensive help covering medical, educational, legal, home construction, and other expenses. When all is said and done, the total cost of cerebral palsy-related fees can skyrocket well beyond millions of dollars combined.
A child with cerebral palsy may start to exhibit symptoms within one month of being born. Sometimes the signs are obvious immediately following birth, especially when low oxygen levels harm an infant’s brain. You should know if your child has developed cerebral palsy by age three.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy
There is no one single cause of cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy can be caused by:
- Medical malpractice during birth
- Abnormal development and gene mutation
- Maternal infections that affect the infant’s development
- Womb or newborn brain bleeding
- Result of traumatic brain injury
- Damage affecting the blood supply to a fetus’ brain
- Fetal stroke
- Inflammation around the fetal brain
- Any disruption of brain connection
This is not an exhaustive list but a guide to help demonstrate the wide range of debilitating conditions that may cause cerebral palsy.
When the Cause of Cerebral Palsy May Be Considered Medical Malpractice
Cerebral palsy caused by birth injury is very common and unfortunately, very avoidable. Inattentive medical personnel who do not fulfill their responsibilities may be on the hook for your family’s damage.
Common causes of cerebral palsy that relate to medical malpractice can include:
- Failure to order medically necessary C-sections
- Failure to notice when the umbilical cord is wrapped around the infant’s neck
- Failure to order tests and explain result correctly
- Failure to notice infections
- Failure to monitor vital signs
- Unnecessarily long and arduous labor
Other conditions that contribute to cerebral palsy include birth asphyxia and the overly aggressive use of medical equipment such as forceps or vacuums by medical staff.
We trust medical professionals to act in our best interests. When their mistakes endanger our loved ones, we deserve answers. Doctors and nurses should give us their full attention when we are seeking care. There should be repercussions for medical professionals who do not follow best practices and cause irreversible injury.
Our Attorneys Can Help You During a Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice Case?
If you believe that your child suffers from cerebral palsy caused by birth injury, you deserve swift action. Hiring an attorney experienced with birth injury cases can give you an advantage in seeking justice.
A cerebral palsy diagnosis is a challenging financial reality for many parents, as long-term care can be costly. Plus, there are added expenses for necessary legal challenges throughout a child’s life. A birth injury lawyer can negotiate on your behalf and help you pursue legal action.
Getting a fair settlement is often an uphill battle. In addition to money for medical bills, a birth injury attorney could help you recover finances for the long-term care of your child. An attorney will be able to launch an investigation and demonstrate your case to the court.
Time is of the essence in these cases. It is your right to seek compensation. Contact an experienced birth injury attorney as soon as you can.
Farah & Farah Specializes in Cerebral Palsy Medical Negligence Cases
After a traumatic birth injury, you may feel like your life is spinning out of control. It’s a sad fact that almost half of all birth injuries are avoidable. Medical professionals who ignore your best needs should be held accountable for their mistakes.
Hiring an attorney who specializes in cerebral palsy medical negligence cases can help. If you suspect your child’s cerebral palsy is due to error or negligence, you deserve answers. You owe it to yourself to contact the legal professionals at Farah & Farah as soon as possible. Get a free, no-obligation case review now.