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Cerebral Palsy: A Common Birth Injury

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain proper balance and posture. It’s one of the most common motor disabilities in childhood and, unfortunately, often occurs as a result of medical malpractice during a woman’s pregnancy and delivery.

Learn more about cerebral palsy and how medical malpractice may be involved.

How Medical Malpractice Causes Cerebral Palsy

During the labor and delivery process, doctors and nurses are expected to provide the mother and baby a certain standard of care and to respond to emergencies in the delivery room quickly and appropriately.

Cerebral palsy often occurs as a result of lack of oxygen to the brain, and may be caused by medical malpractice in the following ways:

  • The medical practitioner failed to recognize signs of fetal distress or lack of oxygen in the infant.
  • The medical practitioner failed to monitor the infant appropriately.
  • The medical practitioner was delayed in their decision to perform an emergency C-section.
  • The medical practitioner injured the infant from their use of forceps or a vacuum assistance device.

Whether an injury to your child occurred due to miscommunication, a doctor not following the required standard of care, or some other error, our Louisville birth injury attorneys at Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway are here to help. We have the experience and financial resources necessary to take on large hospitals and insurance companies.

Contact us today at (502) 242-8872 to learn how we can assist you.