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Birth Injury

Medical Negligence and the Risks of Cerebral Palsy

While there are always risks associated with childbirth, most women are able to safely bring their child into the world with the help of experienced medical professionals; however, a select few become the victim of medical malpractice. In the event that a nurse or doctor does not act quickly enough or appropriately for the circumstances that arise during birth, a baby can suffer injury or even death. When a baby sustains brain injuries during birth, such as physical trauma or a lack of oxygen, the child may suffer a condition known as cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy refers to neurological disorders that may affect a number of functional and developmental abilities, such as muscle control, coordination, vision, and intellect. Cerebral palsy varies greatly from one person to the next, with one victim showing near normal intellectual function and another showing severe intellectual disability.

Complications of Birth

There are a variety of ways in which a newborn may suffer this devastating injury at birth. For example, if a nurse or doctor fails to detect that the umbilical cord has prolapsed during labor, the child be deprived of oxygen for a period of time, resulting in brain damage. Other forms of medical negligence that may cause brain trauma during birth include:

  • Improper use of forceps or a vacuum extractor
  • Failing to monitor the fetal heart rate throughout labor and birth
  • Failing to plan or perform a cesarean section procedure

Mistakes during the birth can cause permanent damage, such as cerebral palsy, which often places a significant financial burden on the family. Depending on the severity of the disease, a child may need special education, assistive devices, therapy, prescription medicine, and long-term care that will become incredibly costly over time.

Contact an Experienced Birth Injury Lawyer

The significant cost of cerebral palsy is just part of the struggle that families must endure after negligence or wrongdoing has injured their newborn. If you believe that your child has suffered as a result of medical malpractice, Laura Brown, the Texas Cerebral Palsy attorneys at Birth Injury Safety can investigate your case to determine the cause of the injury and fight on your behalf to ensure that you recover the financial and other losses caused by the negligent conduct. Call us at (214) 974-4121 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and how we can protect your children’s interests.