It doesn’t take a doctor to realize that infants are vulnerable to numerous types of injuries. Some of these are unavoidable. Some conditions occur during pregnancy that lead to birth injuries and defects that cannot necessarily be prevented. There are some injuries, however, that never should have occurred in the first place. In these cases, there is sometimes the option to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Failures to provide proper care to mothers and children can lead to a host of serious conditions, including cerebral palsy.
An injury to a baby’s brain is the root cause of cerebral palsy. The damage takes place when the infant’s oxygen supply is cut off. This can happen during birth, if the infant is caught in a bad position while being born. Not all cases of cerebral palsy are the fault of the doctors who delivered the baby. In some cases, the condition arises before birth or for reasons that are not always clear. There are definite cases, however, where a doctor or a healthcare provider has failed in their duties and where cerebral palsy has been the end result. Attorneys have won millions for their clients in these cases.
The specific damage caused by cerebral palsy affects the ability to control the muscles. This results in problems with posture and walking, at the very least, and may result in severely compromised abilities to do everyday tasks. Speech and hearing problems are also associated with this condition. There are different types of cerebral palsy. Some of them affect the entire body and others, such as ataxic cerebral palsy, affect the sufferer’s ability to walk and to keep their balance. No case of cerebral palsy is curable, unfortunately.
Baby brain damage sometimes happens due to entirely natural causes. In these cases, there is no one to blame and there is nothing to be done. Other cases have a clear cause and that is sometimes medical malpractice. This condition will require lifelong care, in most cases, and there are oftentimes other complications that go along with brain damage of this severity. You can turn to a lawyer for cerebral palsy help. If you have a good case, you may well get a settlement or a jury award if it turns out that your baby’s condition was caused by negligence on the part of a doctor or your hospital.