According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as many as 10,000 children are diagnosed with varying degrees of Cerebral Palsy (CP) each year. Several thousands of cases result from preventable medical malpractice.
Can Medical Malpractice Cause Cerebral Palsy? Absolutely yes. In fact, several thousands of cases result from preventable medical malpractice. Cerebral palsy is often caused due to brain injuries during delivery or birth complications such as a lack of oxygen.
Cerebral palsy is a serious permanent, lifetime medical condition. There is no cure for it and those affected will have it for the rest of their lives. That is why it is so critical for doctors to deliver babies properly and avoid injuries.
Examples of cerebral palsy malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose health problems: Pregnant women may have medical conditions, illnesses, or infections that doctors fail to
- diagnosis that can cause their unborn baby to develop cerebral palsy.
- Injury during birth: Without proper care, a doctor can cut off a child’s oxygen before, during, or shortly after birth, which can lead to cerebral palsy.
- Lack of treatment: Most babies are born with jaundice, a condition where the skin and eyes turn yellow because of a high level of bilirubin in the blood. If left untreated, jaundice can develop into a condition that causes brain damage. Other untreated illnesses like meningitis can also lead to cerebral palsy.
Parents of children with cerebral palsy can expect to take on numerous unique responsibilities that have the potential to last for a lifetime. Raising a child with a disability takes time, effort, empathy, and a lot of patience. Those with cerebral palsy often face dramatic life challenges.
Approximately 20 percent of all CP cases result from brain damage that occurs during the birth process. As a result, the time spent in the delivery room represents a particularly delicate period in which even slight errors can have a lifelong impact on the health of your baby. Under normal circumstances, the placenta continues to deliver oxygen to the baby until he or she is able to breathe independently outside of the womb.
Doctors are responsible for safely delivering babies. They should know how to diagnose and treat health issues that can cause cerebral palsy.
If a medical professional fails to perform their duties, then they will be held responsible if a child develops cerebral palsy.
Here are some recent examples:
- Maryland: A jury awarded $229 million to a mother and daughter after the latter suffered a birth injury and developed cerebral palsy.
- Tennessee: A teen was awarded $15 million by a federal judge for a brain injury suffered at birth which resulted in cerebral palsy. The teen’s parents filed the suit.
- Michigan: A family was awarded over $130 million after bringing a suit against Beaumont Hospital after their child developed cerebral palsy after his birth.
- Guam: The U.S. government agreed to pay a Navy sailor whose child was born with cerebral palsy $11.5 million to settle allegations that a Navy doctor’s malpractice caused the condition.
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