Cerebral palsy can refer to many different neurological conditions that appear during infancy and early childhood. In general, it is a group of disorders that affect a person's ability of move and maintain posture and balance. If affects 1 out of every 323 children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Children afflicted with cerebral palsy have different outcomes, despite sharing the same disorder. Some children can walk freely, while others require assistance.
According to the CDC, the majority of cerebral palsy cases (80-90 percent) are congenital, meaning that it was present at birth. In the remaining cases, cerebral palsy was acquired from events such as injuries and infections to the brain. Unfortunately, some acquired cases can be caused when a physician performs their duties negligently during the birth process.
When can medical negligence cause cerebral palsy?
Not every child born with cerebral palsy is a victim of physician negligence. However, it can occur during the labor and delivery process if the physician fails to:
· Monitor the heart rate of the baby before or during birth
· Correctly diagnose and treat infections (e.g. meningitis) during pregnancy
· Schedule or perform a medically necessary cesarean section (e.g. the baby is too large to be born through the birth canal)
· Detect a prolapsed umbilical cord
· Safely use instruments such as forceps or vacuums during the delivery
Failing to do any of the above can lead to cerebral palsy in the baby, which will adversely alter the course of its life forever and require a lifetime of medical treatment.
If you suspect that your child was harmed because of medical negligence, contact the Law Offices of Gary Osborne & Associates. Our attorneys will work along with medical experts to investigate and pinpoint the likely cause of your child's condition. If physician negligence played a role in the condition, we will utilize our 30 years of experience to recover the compensation that would allow you to move forward with your life.