Medical Malpractice and Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a broad term applied to a large number of brain disorders that can dramatically affect the quality of life for a victim and their family. Motor control impairments are the most common symptom of cerebral palsy, but for some patients more severe complications, such as speech disruption and cognitive disabilities, can manifest.
While many types of trauma can contribute to cerebral palsy, medical malpractice is one of the most common root causes. As cerebral palsy is typically the result of damage to the brain during early childhood development, medical treatment errors during pregnancy and childbirth can easily lead to an injury that has life long repercussions.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Doctors and hospitals owe a duty of care to their patients who not only pay significant amounts of money for their healthcare and treatment, but also trust the doctors with their health and well-being. This duty can be breached in a number of ways, leading to a devastating brain injury. The following are the most common ways in which medical malpractice can cause cerebral palsy:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
In no circumstances should any of these events be allowed to happen, and when they do, the medical professional responsible should be held accountable for the repercussions.
If your child has suffered an injury during pregnancy or childbirth that has lead to the development of cerebral palsy, our attorneys at The Driscoll Firm, can likely help your family pursue full and fair compensation for your losses and expenses. To speak with a compassionate professional about the legal options available to you and how we can help you fight to protect your rights, call (800) 305-9800 today.