A Closer Look at Cerebral Palsy and Delivery Room Negligence

A Closer Look at Cerebral Palsy and Delivery Room Negligence

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 17-May-2017

Cerebral palsy is a medical term for a number of neurological disorders that can result in problems with muscle coordination, movement and/or posture. While various factors can cause cerebral palsy, in the context of birth injuries and delivery room negligence, cerebral palsy cases typically occur from an insufficient amount of oxygen reaching an infant’s brain (hypoxia) or to the body (asphyxia) during birth or labor.

However, medical malpractice is not always the cause of cerebral palsy. In many cases, doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers act with the utmost care and responsibility when it comes to providing prenatal care and delivering an infant child, and still, things go wrong.

But when medical malpractice results in cerebral palsy, common causes include the following:

  • Failure to detect and/or properly treat infections in the mother during pregnancy
  • Failure to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord
  • Failure to appropriately monitor fetal heart rate before or during labor and birth
  • Delay in performing – or failure to perform – a cesarean section procedure
  • Negligence by using instruments such as forceps or a vacuum in performing delivery

Medical malpractices cases which derive from birth injuries and delivery room negligence can be quite complex from a legal standpoint, which is why it is imperative to obtain experienced legal representation from a qualified personal injury lawyer.

If your newborn has suffered a birth injury due to the negligence of a health care professional, contact our Orlando personal injury attorney at The Maher Law Firm today.

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