Birth Injuries and Cerebral Palsy
There was a time when becoming pregnant was like a death sentence. There was a 50-50 chance that the child, the mother, or both will die during childbirth. This was because historically, a woman gave birth at home and if she was very lucky, would have a midwife in attendance who would know more than the mother about it, but not much. Fatalities also occurred because sanitation was not a high priority back in the day, so what the trauma of childbirth failed to do, infection would finish off.
Of course, these things are no longer true, and while mothers and children still die from the complications of childbirth, the numbers are way, way lower. In general, a competent obstetrician would be on hand to help with a delivery, and everyone washes their hands before doing the deed. However, there are still instances when birth injuries occur that may result in death or lifelong health issues for the child.
A surprisingly high number (2 out of 1,000 live births) of children present with the characteristics of cerebral palsy (CP) after birth. While the exact cause of neonatal CP is not known, the evidence suggests that a significant number may be due to medical malpractice.
CP is a motor development problem in which the afflicted can have moderate to severe difficulty in controlling their movements, depending on the type of CP present. Those suffering from the more severe forms of CP would be incapable of caring for themselves and would need special care throughout their lives.
At-birth onset of CP may be due to several factors, such as lead exposure of the mother or the presence of an intrauterine infection during pregnancy. But it is also possible that the CP resulted from an insufficient flow of oxygen to the child’s brain before, during, and after the stresses of childbirth. Medical negligence kicks in when the doctor fails to follow standard procedure to clear the air passage of the newborn immediately upon delivery, resulting in CP development.
If your child has suffered birth injuries due to the negligence or incompetence of a healthcare profession, contact a personal injury lawyer in the area specializing in getting compensation for such cases. You will need all the assistance you can get to provide for your unfortunate child. If you live in the East Texas area and your child is a victim of birth injuries, then contacting a Fort Worth Personal Injury Attorney would be the next best step in learning more about the next legal steps to take.