Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Courts | 0 comments

Often, despite a mother’s worry and complaints about her child’s seeming delayed development, many pediatricians rather decide to take on the “wait and see” attitude, which has become very common among medical health providers. The problem is, this attitude has also been the cause of many serious health complications – results of untreated, or delayed treatment of, severe conditions, one of which is cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is the most common neurodevelopmental motor impairment among children. It is the result of an abnormally developed brain or injury to the brain due to lack of oxygen supply before, during, or after birth. There are various causes to this incurable, chronic disorder that affects a child’s motor skills, posture, speech and, sometimes, cognition or mental capabilities; many of these causes, however, are traceable to one and the same thing – negligence resulting to medical malpractice.

As soon as a doctor or any health care expert accepts a patient under his/her care, he/she becomes fully responsible over the total care and safety of such patient. In the case of a pregnant woman, care for the unborn child is added to his/her responsibility.

This care starts during pregnancy, goes on through labor and delivery and extends up to a period known as puerperium, which is about six weeks after delivery. Though many doctors do their best to provide the necessary and required quality care, some are found wanting of such care, putting the child in a condition prone to risks of birth injury, especially, to cerebral palsy.

Mistakes that may lead to cerebral palsy include failure of the doctor to:

  • Detect and/or treat maternal infections during pregnancy
  • Keep the unborn child healthy
  • Treat severe cases of jaundice
  • Recognize and treat fetal distress
  • Plan and schedule a C-section procedure if the child is too big to pass safely through the birth canal
  • Perform a timely C-section procedure during an emergency situation
  • Use forceps or vacuum properly to deliver the child
  • Discover a prolapsed umbilical cord
  • Provide the correct medication or correct dosage of medication during delivery

It would really be challenging, however, to prove that the cerebral palsy that the child has been made to suffer is a result of medical malpractice. Though no one wants a child to suffer from the dreaded disorder called cerebral palsy, if its development was due to a mistake committed by someone, then that person will just have to face the consequences of his/her mistakes.

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