Cerebral Palsy as a Result of Medical Negligence
Cerebral palsy is a medical condition that affects a person’s movement with significant effect on muscle tone and posture. The Mayo Clinic calls it a “disorder of movement” and notes that the condition is caused by damage to a developing brain, usually before a child is even born. Also referred to as “CP” for short, cerebral palsy is characterized by muscle stiffness, impaired movement due to abnormal reflexes, abnormal posture, and unsteady walking.
There is no easy answer to the question of what causes cerebral palsy. A general response would be to say that CP is caused by damage that stalls the development of the brain and leads to irregularities. A more specific answer can be arrived at by tackling how this damage happens in the first place. The most common causes for disruption in brain development include gene mutations, infections suffered by the infant or the mother if the child is still in utero, fetal strokes, traumatic head injuries, as well as lack of oxygen. Note that except for a possible gene mutation, most of these scenarios can be caused by accidents that can occur during or before childbirth and are preventable with proper medical attention. For example, doctors who fail to treat the infection of an expectant mother, or those who fail to address complications during a mother’s labor and delivery, could have easily prevented possible brain damage had they taken extra care with their patients.
Cerebral palsy is a condition that has a profound and lasting effect on people’s lives. As such, it’s important that we review how infants end up suffering from brain damage that leads to CP to then learn about how we can prevent it from happening. It’s especially important to remember that medical professionals play a huge role in achieving this goal. As noted by RRS Law, negligent doctors who cause injury to the patients in their care should be held accountable for their actions.