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Can a Birth Injury Cause Cerebral Palsy?

Birth injuries may be caused by medical mistakes that are made before, during or shortly after birth. In some cases, birth injuries involve damage to the brain. Therefore, cerebral palsy is a possible outcome. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. Cerebral palsy may occur when an infant’s developing brain is injured. There are several types of birth injuries or medical mistakes that can cause a newborn to develop cerebral palsy. Examples may include: Oxygen deprivation: A newborn can suffer a brain injury if they are deprived of oxygen. This can occur if the umbilical cord prolapsed or if there is trauma to the infant in utero. Should displacement during delivery could also lead to oxygen deprivation. Failure to treat an infection: Cerebral palsy is a possible outcome if an…
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What You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice During Childbirth

Medical malpractice during childbirth can result in severe injuries to a baby. Sometimes these injuries require expensive care for the child’s lifetime. Understanding what these situations look like can help you determine if you have been a victim. When Birth Injury Leads to Cerebral Palsy A common birth injury to the brain that affects the infant is cerebral palsy. Unfortunately, cerebral palsy is often the result of negligent behavior. For example, if a doctor or nurse fails to watch the fetal monitor appropriately. They may not see when that the baby is in distress and is receiving little to no oxygen. In this situation, the doctor or nurse did not prevent something they could have. This mistake, which can cause cerebral palsy, would be malpractice during childbirth. What Counts as Medical Malpractice? Doctors and nurses are human and are therefore prone to mistakes. This common understanding is why not every…
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Parents File for Medical Malpractice When Infant Dies From Traumatic Birth Injury

A medical malpractice suit was filed against a New Jersey hospital and its medical staff when the delivery of a child went horribly wrong. According to the suit, the doctors and nurses helping to deliver the infant failed to respond to the slow heart rate alarms. Additionally, the staff also improperly delivered the infant with a vacuum, rather than a C-section or an alternative means of delivery. The infant was later diagnosed with perinatal asphyxia, which happens when the child is deprived of oxygen, as well as reduced blood flow to the brain. The infant was placed on life support, but the parents later decided to withdraw assisted breathing. The infant died soon after. When Doctors Are Not Paying Attention, Both Infant and Mother Are at Risk for Injury Perinatal asphyxia, also known as fetal hypoxia, results from oxygen deprivation. Fetuses receive their oxygen from the placenta and umbilical cord….
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