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Cerebral Palsy and Incidents of Medical Negligence

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015

Cerebral palsy is a serious medical condition that has profound effects on a person’s mobility, impairing their ability to maintain balance and posture. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC put it, the condition is considered as one of the most causes of motor disability in children. Those diagnosed with cerebral palsy experience a number of different symptoms specific to each type of the condition. Overall, patients with cerebral palsy have muscle stiffness and difficulty controlling movement in the legs and arms, as well as facial muscles.

There are a variety of answers to what causes cerebral palsy. ‘CP’ occurs due to abnormalities in brain development. In certain cases, these abnormalities are caused by damage to certain areas of the brain which controls movement. On top of that, there are also different scenarios as to how this condition is caused by brain damage or injury. These scenarios can be both medical and non-medical in nature. The following are some of the few scenarios that can complicate pregnancy or childbirth, and then cause developmental issues with the infant’s brain:

  • Failure to diagnose and treat infections during a mother’s pregnancy
  • Failure to monitor fetal stats during mother’s labor and delivery
  • Failure to perform a Caesarean section procedure when the circumstances necessitates it
  • Committing errors with surgical procedures and the administration of anesthesia
  • Failure to properly address complications during childbirth

The birth of a child is indeed a most profound moment for expectant parents. It is unfortunate that such a long-awaited and meaningful occasion can quickly become a critical situation due to negligent errors committed by members of the medical staff. Errors made during labor and delivery can have significant and long-term consequences for the infant, causing serious medical conditions such as cerebral palsy.

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