If Cerebral Palsy is a result of medical negligence an experienced Cerebral Palsey medical malpractice lawyer should be contacted.Cerebral palsy is not a particular disease but is a term used to describe brain damage in babies found at birth or shortly thereafter. Many times cerebral palsy is due to genetic abnormalities or unavoidable injuries that occur during pregnancy but well before the onset of labor. However, about one third of cerebral palsy is caused by not enough oxygen getting to the baby during the labor process. It is negligent when nurses or doctors don't recognize in time that a baby is in trouble, or don't remove the baby promptly (usually by Caesarian section). Sometimes negligence happens when the medications used to increase contractions is used wrongly and deprives the baby of oxygen
Cerebral Palsy is a common form of a disorder that exists either before birth or at birth, also known as a congenital disorder. Sometimes referred to as CP, it can be attributed to a lack of muscle tone and motor skills. Cerebral palsy can also lead to a variety of other medical problems. This includes problems associated with one’s vision, speech, hearing, and ability to learn. No cure exists for this condition; however a person living with the disorder can be helped with therapy, treatment, special equipment, and sometimes surgery.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
- spastic cerebral palsy: can result in difficulty with movement and stiffness
- athetoid cerebral palsy: uncontrollable and involuntary movement
- ataxic cerebral palsy: directly affects one’s balance and depth perception
Because Cerebral Palsy affects muscle control and movement, it is difficult to control simple movements and hard to stand still. It is not a disorder that worsens over time, although some crucial functions are affected when someone has Cerebral Palsy. This includes breathing, eating, learning, and control over bladder and bowel movements.
Causes Of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy results from injury suffered to specific areas of a developing brain. The injury can happen early on in a pregnancy, during birth, or within the first few years of one’s life. Between 10 and 20 percent of all children who have Cerebral Palsy acquire the disorder after they are born; however the majority of cases involve incidents that take place during pregnancy or at the time of birth. In cases involving children born with Cerebral Palsy, the causes can sometimes be attributed to an avoidable incident that happened before or during birth. When this occurs, medical malpractice or negligence may play a significant role in an infant developing cerebral palsy. An example of this type of negligent behavior is, if the physician or nurse does not do their job properly or take the necessary precautions and an infant does not receive enough oxygen during delivery. This is unacceptable behavior for any member of medical staff, further legal action is highly recommended.
Cerebral palsy falls under an intricate aspect of law due to the fact that there are countless things that still haven’t been figured out pertaining to the disorder. Because of this, qualified testimony is essential to assist in establishing a case. If you believe your child is suffering from Cerebral Palsy on account of negligent behavior from hospital or medical staff, we encourage you to contact the cerebral palsey medical malpractice lawyers at 800 733 – 5342.
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