A cerebral palsy diagnosis for your baby can turn the joyous occasion of birth into a nightmare. Even though children with cerebral palsy are capable of living full lives, they are sure to face many difficulties and may require therapy, special education, and in-home care for the rest of their lives.
Not all cases of cerebral palsy indicate medical malpractice has been committed. However, if you can prove your doctor failed to give the same standard of care any other doctor would in his or her situation, you might have a good personal injury case against them.
Cerebral palsy is a type of neurological disorder caused by a non-progressive brain injury or malformation. It typically occurs while a child’s brain is developing. The area of the brain related to movement becomes dormant or paralyzed. The disorder affects mainly the body’s movement and muscle coordination. However, the location, number of limbs affected, and extent of impairment vary from one person to another. It is an incurable condition, but many people are treated with therapy.
There Are Three Common Types of Cerebral Palsy:
- Spastic cerebral palsy accounts for about 80% of all cases and is characterized by stiffness and difficulty moving.
- Athetoid cerebral palsy accounts for about 10% of all cases and includes involuntary movement, slurred speech, trouble swallowing, low muscle tone, and inability to maintain posture.
- Ataxic cerebral palsy, accounting for about 10% of all cases, includes depth perception issues, distorted balance, tremors, and difficulty coordinating muscle movements.
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Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Science has found that individuals with cerebral palsy were most likely born with the condition, though birthing complications account for an estimated 10% of cerebral palsy cases.
The condition can also occur if the infant has been deprived of oxygen for too long, dropped, had an instrument-related injury, or was pulled out forcefully. Additionally, labor that lasts longer than 18 hours can also lead to significant damage.
Can Cerebral Palsy be Prevented?
Some birth injuries that result in cerebral palsy can be prevented. When cases develop that could have been easily avoided with better care, this could be considered medical negligence.
Preventable Incidences Include:
- Failing to detect infections during the pregnancy
- Adverse effects from drugs or surgery
- Neglecting proper heart rate monitoring during delivery
- Not performing a cesarean section when it’s medically advisable
- Improper use of delivery instruments
- Failing to treat severe jaundice in the newborn
- Serious mismanagement of standard delivery procedure
- Failing to detect issues with the umbilical cord
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