Cerebral palsy (CP) refers to several neurological disorders that result from damage to the brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as many as 10,000 children are diagnosed with CP each year. The unfortunate truth, however, is that several thousands of cases result from preventable medical malpractice. There is no known cure for CP, but supportive treatments, medications, and surgery can help certain individuals.
While not all cases of CP are the result of medical malpractice, several negligent scenarios could result in brain damage to a child. The first scenario occurs when a medical professional fails to offer (or misinterprets) a series of prenatal tests to determine the health of their unborn child. If a medical professional fails to disclose that the parent’s child could be born with CP, the parents may be victims of a wrongful birth lawsuit.
When improper handling of maternal infections occurs, it is often considered medical malpractice. Maternal infections can often affect a developing fetus, but most events can be prevented with prompt diagnosis and treatment. Medical malpractice occurred when the health care provider failed to test for a variety of common illnesses or when the infection did not receive prompt treatment.
According to WebMD, approximately 20 percent of all CP cases result from brain damage that occurs during the birth process. A medical professional has committed medical malpractice if they misused forceps, fail to notice signs of fetal distress, prolong labor due to CPD or other conditions, fail to diagnose or treat eclampsia.
Determining if Your Child Experienced Medical Malpractice
It can be difficult to determine whether or not your child’s CP was the direct result of medical malpractice. It’s important to call an experienced medical malpractice attorney to assist you with your case. The following signs may warrant a closer investigation of the facts:
- Your child experienced a seizure within the first 48 hours of his or her life.
- Your child suffered any form of head trauma during the birthing process.
- Your child displayed obvious signs of distress.
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