Cerebral palsy is an abnormal brain development or the result of damage caused to a developing brain, affecting the ability of children to control their muscles. Parents in North Carolina should know that the disorder can happen prior to, during or following birth, usually within the first month or years of life.
Birth injuries can occur when medical professionals fail to recognize babies' needs or identify potential risks to a baby before, during or after birth. Two birth injuries that could be caused by physicians' mistakes include cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy. Although they sound similar, these conditions are very different, but the common denominator in both might be a medical error.
North Carolina readers might be interested in the details of a $40 million medical malpractice lawsuit filed in an Oregon court. The suit alleges that hospital doctors and staff were negligent during the birth of a baby boy who was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy. According to the complaint, the boy was born at 8:31 a.m. on Dec. 12, 2007. He was 15 days overdue and hospital staff had increased the mother's dosage of labor inducement drugs for 11 hours before telling her to start pushing. The baby's heartbeat dropped to a rate of 60 beats per minute for a period of six minutes, according to the medical malpractice attorney hired by the family.
Traditionally, many North Carolina parents who have children born with brain injuries assumed that a loss of oxygen during the birth was the cause. However, a report that was released on May 7 indicated that this may not always be the case. Experts in associated fields determined that there are other conditions that can occur even before pregnancy that may cause a child to suffer brain injuries.
Whenever a baby is born with a serious medical condition, such as cerebral palsy, parents have questions. Some may wonder how it happened. Others may wonder if there was something either they or their medical providers could have done differently to prevent the condition from having occurred.
When something goes wrong during child birth, it may be difficult to know where to turn or what to do next. Of course, seeking medical attention for the child and mother is the first step, but many North Carolina resents may wonder what they should do if the injury is the result of a preventable error.
The United States Supreme Court finally made its opinion known in a case we've previously discussed on this blog. The justices heard the case of a North Carolina family contesting the state's claim to one-third of their medical malpractice settlement received as the result of their daughter's brain injury sustained during her birth 13 years ago.
Infants are susceptible to a wide variety of complications during the birthing process, particularly if medical professionals don't exercise enough caution. As many North Carolina families have learned, cerebral palsy is a birth injury that is all too often the result of a medical mistake.
Any North Carolina family that has worked through the difficult consequences of a medical error knows how frustrating the process can be. Not only are there emotional concerns to deal with, but families want probably want to feel as though some sort corrective action has been taken. Unfortunately, that does not always happen.
Understandably, expecting parents want their child's birth to happen without any hitches or complications. Desiring to be a good parent is enough for North Carolina residents to worry about at birth. Yet a preventable medical error during labor can turn a new parent's world upside down. In addition to medical expenses, such errors can cause a lot stress and grief for families.