Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injuries – What You Should Know


October 31, 2017

Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injuries – What You Should Know From a Georgia Medical Malpractice Attorney

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects hundreds of thousands of children throughout the United States.  It can develop before, during, or after birth, depending on the circumstances of the pregnancy and delivery of the child.  This condition is unique to every single child, as the way in which cerebral palsy develops is different.  In some instances, a genetic mutation can be blamed for contributing to the development of cerebral palsy.  In other instances, cerebral palsy may be caused by an injury sustained at birth.  In such cases, it is important to investigate to what extent a child may have suffered an injury at birth.

To find out how a child develops cerebral palsy, it takes a thorough medical evaluation by medical experts who will likely perform multiple tests and scans, including, but not limited to: MRIs, CT scans, genetic or other blood testing, and any other necessary tests to pinpoint the cause of a child’s cerebral palsy.  Many parents find out much later after a child’s birth that the cerebral palsy may have been caused by medical malpractice during delivery.  It is an unfortunate reality that many cases of cerebral palsy in Georgia and throughout the United States are related to birth injuries caused by medical negligence.

Consequences of Cerebral Palsy

Because children all develop at a different pace, and in different ways, it is important that parents with a child who has cerebral palsy try to find out as soon as possible whether the condition is due to genetics, a complication during pregnancy or an injury sustained at birth.  Regardless of the cause of a child’s cerebral palsy, the aftermath can be challenging.  Not only will a child have to adjust his or her life to accommodate an irreversible condition, but the medical expenses associated with cerebral palsy can be astronomical, and a significant burden for families.  Many families find themselves behind on medical bills that insurance does not pay, and unfortunately, some families end up filing for bankruptcy because the financial cost is simply too much.

Holding the Responsible Party Accountable for Medical Negligence

In cases where a child’s cerebral palsy can be linked to an act of medical negligence at birth, such as failing to ensure a child was getting adequate oxygen, for example, the medical professional responsible for that error should be held accountable.  While we are all humans and we all make mistakes, medical professionals are held to a higher standard as we place our lives and trust in their hands.  As such, even though an act of negligence is not intentional, it is still conduct that causes permanent damage to a child, and also changes a family’s way of life forever.

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Source: http://www.cerebralpalsy.org/about-cerebral-palsy/cause

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