The Startling Connection between Medical Malpractice and Cerebral Palsy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) names cerebral palsy is one of the most common motor disabilities diagnosed in American children. This serious medical condition happens due to abnormalities in brain development that have been caused by some type of damage or injury. Their data shows that about 1 in 323 children have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Children living with cerebral palsy—also called ‘CP’ in the medical community—deal with symptoms that have profound effects on their balance and movement. Depending on the type a child is diagnosed with, cerebral palsy is often characterized by muscle stiffness, uncontrollable movements in the legs and arms, or difficulty controlling facial muscles. Cerebral palsy can also cause a patient to have problems with their posture and coordination.
The abnormal brain development that leads to cerebral palsy is typically caused by some factor that prevented the patient from receiving sufficient oxygen supply to their brain. In some cases, this incident happens while in utero due to complications during the mother’s pregnancy. Other times, the lack of oxygen occurs when the patient was an infant. Cerebral palsy can also be caused by medical malpractice—particularly due to some form of negligence or error during birth and pregnancy.
The following scenarios are typical medical errors that can cause cerebral palsy:
- Failure to diagnose and treat infections during a mother’s pregnancy
- Errors with surgical procedures and anesthesia administration in a pregnant patient
- Failure to monitor fetal stats during mother’s labor and delivery
- Failure to perform a Caesarean section procedure when the circumstances necessitates it
- Failure to properly address complications during childbirth
For expectant parents, there might not be another moment as profound as the birth of their child. Unfortunately, such a momentous occasion can be overshadowed by medical errors that can cause a lifetime of medical treatments and special care. If your child’s condition was caused by any such errors, do not hesitate to seek out legal counsel in your area.