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Cerebral palsy caused by medical mistake: Grounds for lawsuit

Cerebral palsy is a name that doctors use to describe various disorders caused by some sort of damage to the extrapyramidal system of the brain. In many cases, this type of injury stems from medical mistakes that occurred during birth. There are usually two different reasons for the brain to be damaged during the birthing process: lack of oxygen, or improper use of suction and/or forceps. In Ohio, as in other states, parents may have grounds to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit if their child's cerebral palsy was caused by a medical mistake during birth.

The mistakes made during birth that cause these disorders can happen if the doctor is not present in time for the birth or waits too long to perform a cesarean section. They can also occur if the baby is in a bad position during the birth and the doctor attempts to use suction and forceps to remove the child. An umbilical cord around the neck of the baby can also deprive the brain of oxygen and cause cerebral palsy if not treated quickly.

It is heartbreaking to realize that one's child may have had a perfectly normal birth but for the mistake of a doctor. A baby who is diagnosed with cerebral palsy may have seizure disorders, developmental delays, weak muscles and other issues that can cause lifelong disabilities. For many, these realizations will lead to a lawsuit on behalf of the child.

If anyone in Ohio has a child who is suffering under these circumstances, a consultation with personal injury attorney may be helpful. After reviewing the details, the lawyer can advise a client on whether a medical malpractice lawsuit is appropriate. If so, the attorney can guide the client through the process of seeking legal recourse on the child's behalf because of the apparent medical mistake.

Source:, "A Lawsuit Is Possible If Medical Malpractice Causes Cerebral Palsy", Michael Monheit, May 22, 2017

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