How Medical Negligence Can Lead to Cerebral Palsy
In the United States, more than 8,000 newborns and infants are diagnosed with cerebral palsy each year. It is estimated that around 764,000 children and adults currently have some form of the disorder, which hinders body movement and muscle coordination. While this condition can be caused by a wide range of factors, in many cases, it is a direct result of medical malpractice.
Cerebral palsy can be attributed to medical malpractice in cases where:
- Doctors fail to monitor the fetal heart rate during labor
- Doctors fail to detect and treat a prolapsed umbilical cord
- Doctors fail to treat infections in the mother during pregnancy
- Doctors fail to order a timely cesarean section (C-section)
- Doctors use too much force when delivery the child
Other common risk factors include premature birth, low birth weight, and high birth weight—which cannot be attributed to medical negligence. However, doctors should be aware of these factors and handle the labor and delivery processes accordingly. If they fail to consider the placement of the child or the infant’s levels of distress, for example, it could result in a preventable birth injury.
Is Your Child Suffering from Cerebral Palsy?
If your child is suffering from cerebral palsy as the result of a preventable birth injury, it is important to know that you have rights. With more than 30 years of experience, tens of millions of dollars in financial recoveries, and recognition as one of the “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News, our Montgomery County medical malpractice attorneys are well-equipped to help you pursue compensation.
There is no excuse for medical negligence—especially when it results in the harm of a child. Let our firm help you and your family seek justice for the losses you have suffered. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don’t pay unless we win. Getting started is risk-free, so please don’t wait to schedule a complimentary consultation with our firm.
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