Medical Malpractice: Can it Cause Cerebral Palsy?

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 3:55pm PDT

Cerebral palsy is a birth injury that can cause "disturbances of sensation, depth perception and other sight-based perceptual problems," and "impairments can also be found in cognition, and epilepsy is found in about one-third of cases" (Wikipedia). It can be caused by an array of factors before, during, and even after, the delivery process—including lack of oxygen to the brain, premature delivery, infection, and/or head trauma. The question on many people's minds, however, is this: Can medical malpractice lead to cerebral palsy? And the answer is yes.

It is believed that about 70% of children that have cerebral palsy were exposed to circumstances that prohibited normal brain development before birth, meaning that the possibility of medical malpractice during the course of a pregnancy is a very real consideration for many new parents. To take care of a child that suffers from this condition, the resulting medical care can cost a family millions of dollars. If it turns out that medical malpractice has caused any type of birth injury to develop in the first place, it is only right that the responsible medical personnel can be held liable.

The most common causes of cerebral palsy include "problems in intrauterine development (e.g. exposure to radiation, infection), asphyxia before birth, hypoxia of the brain, and birth trauma during labor and delivery, and complications in the perinatal period" (Wikipedia). This means that during the pregnancy, as well as the delivery, there are several ways in which the attending doctors and/or nurses can put the baby at risk.

If you have fallen victim to medical malpractice, whether your child sustained birth injuries or a negligent healthcare professional has caused you personal harm, it is your right to seek compensation. There is a statute of limitations that exists for all medical malpractice claims, so it is important to act quickly. Contact the Lanier Law Group today for more information about medical malpractice and/or birth injuries.

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