If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you’re likely facing some pretty disturbing questions. First and foremost, parents generally want to know how their child came down with this condition. There are several different ways that it can happen. Some of them have to do with doctor negligence and some of them have to do with natural causes that could not have been avoided.
Cerebral palsy sometimes occurs inside the womb. Established medical research shows that there are many different ways that it can happen. The child, however, ends up receiving too little oxygen and that lack of oxygen results in a brain injury. The brain injury is what causes cerebral palsy, which is actually a group of disorders, not just one disorder. There is also research into genetic causes for this disorder, which opens up a whole new potential field of treatments for people who suffer with CP.
Doctor negligence is sometimes the cause of cerebral palsy. Most of the time, if the doctor was negligent, it means that they failed to intervene when the child was in distress and when they should have known. A common way that children are injured in a fashion that causes cerebral palsy involves being caught in a position that cuts off their circulation during the birth process. They may also end up with the umbilical cord wrapped around the neck or having other emergencies that cause them to lose blood supply to the brain and, thus, to suffer CP injuries.
Sometimes, it’s the healthcare facility that’s responsible for the cerebral palsy, not the doctor. An example of such a situation would be a child coming down with an infection that ended up causing brain damage shortly after birth. There have been lawsuits filed against hospitals and other healthcare facilities that successfully argued that the healthcare facility’s negligence was actually the cause of the child’s cerebral palsy, rather than the doctor’s negligence.
Whatever you believe caused your child’s cerebral palsy, a medical investigation is necessary to make an accurate determination. If it is discovered that the doctors or healthcare facility responsible for your child’s delivery was responsible for the cerebral palsy injury, you may want to consider contacting a cerebral palsy attorney. They work with families who have suffered cerebral palsy in infants and want to make certain that they get some sort of compensation for the expenses and injuries.