Cerebral palsy is one of the most common birth defects that affect newborn children in the United States. It is a permanent health condition where the muscle and body coordination is affected, causing problems in physical movements. Although there are also mild cases, severe and lifelong cases can affect the victim and their families.
The lack of oxygen to the brain (hypoxia) or the body (asphyxia), premature childbirth, or birth traumas are the leading causes of cerebral palsy. When medical malpractice is the cause of your child’s condition, it would be best to consult medical malpractice lawyers in order to get assistance in arranging compensation and making sure the hospital and its staff are well reprimanded for their errors.
For medical malpractice to be the trigger of your child’s cerebral palsy, medical professionals may have:
- Failed to recognize the prolapsed umbilical cord
- Neglected and insensibly mistook the use of instruments during childbirth
- Overlooked the treatment for the mother’s infections such as meningitis
- Failed to properly check the child’s heart rate before and during labor
- Delayed or failed in performing caesarian section procedures
Although cerebral palsy does not get worse as the child grows up, it can still pose a huge challenge in their everyday life. The symptoms of cerebral palsy can only be determined after a proper diagnosis and these symptoms can appear after some years. This serious and incapacitating condition not only affects the child as they grow up, they also affect the parents. And because it is a lifelong condition, it treatment can lead to financial burdens. Compensation from the medical errors made by the doctors and other staff responsible for the condition can help in maintaining the medical care of the child, as well as punishing the people responsible for the condition.
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