Cerebral palsy is actually a group of disorders characterized by a loss of muscle control and nerve function. Cerebral palsy is sometimes caused by abnormal brain development of the fetus during pregnancy, but it can also be the result of brain injuries sustained early in life.
Sadly, medical malpractice is too often the case of such brain injuries. Examples of medical errors that could lead to cerebral palsy include:
- Improper use of forceps during delivery
- Improper use of vacuum extraction during childbirth
- Failure to perform a Caesarean section in a timely fashion
- Failure to properly monitor the mother and/or infant during and immediately following childbirth
- Failure to react properly to fetal distress
- Medication mistakes
It’s important to remember that cerebral palsy can be caused by natural factors beyond the control of an attending medical professional. However, when medical negligence is to blame for cerebral palsy or other birth injuries, it’s equally critical to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
If you suspect your child’s cerebral palsy may be the result of a medical error, please contact the Little Rock, Arkansas, birth injury attorneys at the Duncan Firm to schedule a free case consultation.