When a family is anticipating the arrival of a baby, there are many factors to take into consideration. A nursery, supplies, childcare – these are all things that people are supposed to worry about. What they shouldn’t have to worry about is their doctor making a mistake that can result in permanent damage to their newborn child, yet that is exactly what happens nearly every day.
Cerebral Palsy Impacts Millions
Cerebral palsy is the phrase used to cover several disorders that are all in the same family, however, the basic cause is the same – something caused damage to the brain’s extrapyramidal system. Sadly, that damage is often the result a birth injury caused by medical malpractice.
In most cases, brain damage occurs because of two reasons. First, damage can happen if the baby is deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time. Second, if the delivery is tough and the doctor uses forceps or suction, or if they just generally fail to determine that the child is poorly positioned and in distress, then damage may occur.
It can be devastating to learn that your child would have been perfectly healthy if the doctor hadn’t made a mistake. While nothing can change the past and children diagnosed with cerebral palsy may suffer from developmental delays, poor muscle tone, and seizure disorders, their family may have the option of filing a lawsuit which will help obtain the compensation they need to fully care for their child.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Whenever a doctor fails to follow the accepted standard of care and a patient is hurt as a result, they may find themselves named as the defendant in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
These lawsuits were created so that those harmed by a doctor’s mistake wouldn’t suffer financially as well as physically. If awarded compensation, the monetary sum given to a plaintiff may cover medical expenses both future and past, as well as lost wages, physical pain and suffering, and even emotional trauma.