Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects a person’s movement, posture, and balance. It is often found in children and is the most common childhood motor disability. Although several factors may cause cerebral palsy, medical malpractice is frequently to blame. In cases like these, the parents may have the right to hold the healthcare professionals responsible. Cerebral palsy is often caused by insufficient oxygen to the brain, known as hypoxia, or inadequate oxygen to the body, known as asphyxia. If a doctor, nurse, or hospital fails to monitor or treat a mother and her baby correctly, significant damage can occur. Here are a few things to know if you or your child are harmed due to medical malpractice.
Factors That Can Lead to Cerebral Palsy
Childbirth can be an arduous process, and if something goes wrong, it can have severe consequences. Many things can go wrong during childbirth that can lead to the infant developing cerebral palsy. Several medical professionals, such as doctors, nurses, and technicians, will be responsible for the safety of the child and mother. Some examples of malpractice include:
- Lack of oxygen. Oxygen deprivation is a common cause of cerebral palsy. An issue with the umbilical cord during birth can block oxygen from reaching the brain. Medical professionals are responsible for monitoring oxygen levels but may be negligent in doing so.
- Missing early warning signs. Health professionals must be aware of any genetic or environmental conditions that can cause abnormal brain development, leading to cerebral palsy.
- Problems with medically necessary C-sections. Fetal distress during birth can lead to brain damage which ultimately causes cerebral palsy. A C-section may be required to avoid this complication. If the C-section is delayed or performed incorrectly, the procedure could cause more harm.
- Post-birth complications. Doctors and nurses should monitor a child after birth to minimize the risks of developing brain trauma or infections and develop cerebral palsy.
If your child was injured during or after childbirth and later developed cerebral palsy, you may have a legal malpractice claim against the doctor, hospital, or other medical professionals. Taking legal action could cover the monetary compensation needed to pay for your child’s medical expenses and other damages resulting from negligence. Contact us today to get started on your case.
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