What is the cause of cerebral palsy, and how can a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer help me and my family?

Hearing the news that your child has cerebral palsy is any parent’s worst nightmare. You rack your brain trying to determine what went wrong and if it was your fault. The good news is, most likely, it wasn’t because of you. The bad news is that the condition may have been prevented. Here, a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer explains how your child may have developed the condition.

Cerebral Palsy Causes

The most common cause of cerebral palsy is a lack of oxygen to the brain or body, premature delivery, or birth trauma. Children who have the condition are typically born with it, although the diagnosis may not be made until several years later.

When Medical Malpractice Is Involved

Although not every case of cerebral palsy is because of negligence, some are. When mistakes play a role in the condition, the causes commonly include:

  • Failure to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord.
  • Failure to detect, and/or properly treat infections, such as meningitis, in the mother during pregnancy.
  • Delay in performing, or failing to perform, a medically necessary caesarian section.
  • Negligence and/or mistakes in using instruments when performing a delivery.
  • Failure to appropriately monitor fetal heart rate before and during labor and birth.
  • Failure to plan and schedule a caesarian section procedure when the baby is too large to safely pass through the birth canal.

If you believe your child’s cerebral palsy was the result of a medical mistake, contact the law offices of Lewis and Tompkins and speak with an experienced Maryland medical malpractice lawyer about your situation. We have helped many parents just like you get the justice their children deserve.

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