Cerebral palsy is a very serious health concern that can result from birth injuries and medical malpractice during labor or childbirth. The term cerebral palsy refers to a range of neurological disorders that inhibit the body’s movement and muscle coordination.
Most children who suffer from cerebral palsy have had it since birth, due to lack of oxygen to the brain, premature delivery, or birth trauma. Common cases in which medical malpractice is linked to cerebral palsy include failing to detect or properly treat infections, failing to monitor fetal heart rate, and failing to plan a cesarean section if the baby was too large for safe passage through the birth canal. The most common type of cerebral palsy is spastic cerebral palsy, in which the child experiences stiffness and difficulty moving because of tightness in certain muscle groups.
Cerebral palsy doesn’t get worse over time, but it still has a lifelong effect on a child and his or her family. If your child developed cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice, contact Sussman & Simcox of Gaithersburg by calling (301) 840-0404.
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