How medical malpractice can cause cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a condition characterized by involuntary muscle movements, abnormal posture, impaired reflexes, and instability when doing normal body functions, such as walking. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is known as one of the most common causes of this life-long medical condition.

Some of the most common negligent acts by medical staff that may result in cerebral palsy are:

  • Failure to address the mother’s health conditions, such as meningitis and hypertension
  • Forceful use of delivery forceps
  • Too much use of Ventouse during vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery
  • Failure to immediately remove the child from the birth canal, causing shortage of oxygen
  • Failure to detect umbilical cord prolapse, which might constrict the flow of blood to the baby’s head

Our legal team at The Driscoll Firm knows how financially and emotionally draining it can be to deal with the life-long repercussions of cerebral palsy. However, when it is caused by medical malpractice, it may be possible to hold the medical professional responsible for related expenses.  Talk with us about taking legal action if your child has cerebral palsy by calling (800) 305-9800.


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