When genetic abnormalities do not play a role in causing cerebral palsy, the condition is preventable as long as mothers and doctors take measures to minimize a number of significant risk factors.
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What’s the problem?
In certain cases, treating and preventing cerebral palsy is possible. A healthy pregnancy is always a good idea, though even parents with the best prenatal care may have a child with cerebral palsy. Doctors and nurses sometimes make mistakes before, during, or after the birthing process that cause cerebral palsy. Some examples of malpractice that may result in birth injuries such as cerebral palsy include:
- excessive use of vacuum extraction
- failure to perform an emergency C-section when one is obviously needed
- failure to diagnose and treat a baby’s lack of oxygen, meningitis and/or seizures
- failure to diagnose and treat a mother’s high blood pressure, toxemia or infections
- failure to diagnose and treat a prolapsed umbilical cord
- failure to recognize and treat heart rate changes in the mother or baby
- improper use of forceps
While the causes of cerebral palsy are often unknown, medical professionals can take numerous cerebral palsy prevention measures. Medical professionals have a duty to address and mitigate the risks of cerebral palsy before, during, and immediately following childbirth. Failure to take necessary cerebral palsy prevention measures may constitute medical malpractice in the event that a child develops this chronic condition.
Do I have a Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit?
The Birth Injury Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in cerebral palsy, brachial plexus palsy, and erbs palsy lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.