Medical Malpractice and Cerebral Palsy
The term “cerebral palsy” is an umbrella term that describes different neurological disorders resulting from damage to the brain. In many cases, this damage occurs during birth, or very shortly afterwards. In addition, brain injuries caused by traumatic injuries can also lead to cerebral palsy.
Every year, over 10,000 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. CP can lead to a variety of serious issues and complications, including lack of muscle coordination, rigidity and spasticity in the muscles, tremors, problems with swallowing, issues or delays with speech development, and more. It goes without saying, but this poses tremendous obstacles for both the child and the parent(s), especially because the medical and non-medical costs of treating and dealing with CP are astronomical.
Worse yet, medical malpractice has been shown to contribute to the number of CP cases in the U.S. Parents who suspect that their child’s CP was a result of medical malpractice are particularly disadvantaged, however, as connecting the two and proving one’s case can be very difficult when it comes to cerebral palsy.
Was my Child a Victim of Medical Malpractice?
Cerebral palsy can result from or be exacerbated by a variety of negligent or reckless behaviors, or by many actions that fall under the umbrella of medical malpractice. These can include:
- Diagnostic mistakes and oversights
- Malpractice in the ER room
- Mistakes or negligence during delivery
- Errors involving medication
- Any other medical care that fails to meet the “standard of care”
While parents can’t always be expected to be knowledgeable on complex medical matters, those seeking to determine whether their child was a victim of medical malpractice can rely on attorneys and medical professionals to answer their questions.
Speak with a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney in Modesto
We hope this post helped shed some insight into cerebral palsy and the role that medical malpractice can play in these cases. To learn more about this issue, or to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney, know that you can rely on the Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis.
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