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Medical malpractice and cerebral palsy

One issue that often goes unnoticed in the Redwood City area involves children, cerebral palsy and medical malpractice. According to Babygaga.com, each year, cerebral palsy affects 10,000 newborns. It is a condition that is caused when the brain is injured while it is developing and is often the result of medical malpractice. It can also develop during the first few years of life. 

Many parents do not readily recognize the signs of the condition in their children. Symptoms often present as delayed and missed developmental milestones, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many babies who are born with cerebral palsy often require around-the-clock care and medical treatment. Their parents are often unable to work and lead normal lives. They are also unable to enjoy the role of parenthood like parents who have healthy and uninjured kids. 

What causes cerebral palsy? 

When medical professionals fail to properly identify and treat the signs of fetal distress before, during and after delivery, their mistakes often result in their newborn patients having birth injuries like cerebral palsy. Many babies also develop the condition when the following factors occur. 

  •        Delayed or missed diagnosis of placenta previa and prolapsed umbilical cord
  •        Complications during childbirth
  •        Unusual birth position
  •        Delayed and nontreatment of jaundice and seizures
  •        The use of forceps and vacuum delivery tools 

The condition can also occur when doctors fail to identify risk factors and ailments in mothers early on during their pregnancies. 

Mothers of cesarean section, ICU or NICU and oxygen-deprived babies who suffer from intraventricular hemorrhages and seizures are often shocked to learn their children’s cerebral palsy may have been caused by medical malpractice. Cerebral palsy is not a fully preventable medical condition. Although there are measures that pregnant women can take to avoid it, some cases develop due to unavoidable and uncontrollable factors.

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