Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affects muscle control and coordination. CP is often the result of oxygen deprivation during the labor and delivery process.
Below, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys discuss the correlation between medical malpractice and CP.
How Medical Malpractice Causes Cerebral Palsy
It is a doctor’s responsibility to know what is going on in the delivery room and respond to emergency events appropriately. Failure to do so may be considered medical malpractice.
One of the warning signs that a doctor must keep an eye out for during the birthing process is a prolonged labor, a prolapsed umbilical cord, or something else that may result in a reduction in or cessation of oxygen flow to the baby’s brain.
If the doctor notices these warning signs and does not respond appropriately, the child may suffer from oxygen deprivation and a resulting birth injury.
One of these possible birth injuries is cerebral palsy.
The Consequences of Cerebral Palsy
CP has no cure. Those with CP often have to undergo extensive physical therapies and require the use of mobility assistive devices.
Since CP is largely preventable when doctors monitor infants appropriately and respond to emergency events accordingly, you should not have to pay for their negligence out of your own pocket.
At The Villari Firm, PLLC, we can help you hold doctors, nurses, and hospitals accountable for their reckless practices. We know the physical, emotional, and financial burden that birth injury victims experience, and we’re here to help you and your child through it.
Contact us today at (215) 372-8889 to schedule a free consultation with our team.