What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a condition disrupting the motor skills and postural tone, developing in the first years of a child’s life. This disorder affects 0.002% of newborns, but a higher percentage of premature infants are diagnosed. Cerebral palsy can lead to respiratory problems, irritability, seizures, feeding problems, jitteriness, abnormal motor function, and irregular postural tone.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy & Medical Malpractice
Though most cases of cerebral palsy are not caused by the hospital or medical staff, there have definitely been enough cases to merit concern. Birth injuries and brain damage can easily be caused during delivery if the obstetrician and their staff fail to perform or respond to problems appropriately. Instances of medical negligence relating to cerebral palsy include: failing to recognize and respond to fetal distress, failing to perform a C-section fast enough, using forceps or vacuum extraction improperly, treating jaundice ineffectively in the newborn, and failing to ensure the child has enough oxygen. In addition, doctors may fail to diagnose and treat an infection in the mother, increasing risk of the disorder.
If your child was born with cerebral palsy due to medical error, or if your child was abused by a caregiver and developed the condition, you should assert your rights by retaining a skilled Arizona medical malpractice attorney.
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