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Cerebral palsy and medical mistakes

Do you believe that your child's Cerebral Palsy was caused by a medical error? Medical errors are the reason for thousands of brain injury and Cerebral Palsy cases each year.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a medical condition caused by injury to the areas of the brain that affect its ability to control movement. This medical condition can arise during pregnancy, delivery, or within the first few years of a child's life. Cerebral palsy as a result of a medical error typically occurs during birth. The condition can be the product of medically negligent physicians, nurses or other hospital staff. The most common errors that lead to Cerebral Palsy are as follows:

  • Failure to detect and respond to changes in the fetal heart rate.
  • Failure to perform a C-section (ex. infant with a high birth weight could compromise vaginal delivery).
  • Failure to respond to the mother's medical conditions (ex. high blood pressure).
  • Failure to diagnose and treat jaundice in a timely manner.
  • Failure to recognize and address post-delivery seizures.
  • Failure to detect a prolapsed cord.
  • Improper use of medical tools.
  • Leaving the infant in the birth canal for a prolonged period.

Medical personnel are responsible for providing safe and effective medical assistance before, during, and after labor and delivery. A child's life could be compromised if medical professionals fail to follow appropriate standards of care.

How was your birthing experience?

Was your child harmed during birth? It is possible that medical malpractice resulted in your child's disability if any of the following occurred:

  • A specialist was called to care for your newborn after birth.
  • Your baby required resuscitation after the delivery.
  • Following birth, your child was transferred to a different hospital or spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit.
  • Your baby experienced seizures after delivery or within the first few days of life.
  • Your child required special testing after birth.
  • Your loved one required oxygen after birth.

It is hard to think that the level of medical care received throughout the labor and delivery process could affect the quality of a child's life. However, it does happen. Many children today must deal with a disabling condition because of a traumatic birth. If you are the parent of one of these children, get legal help.

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