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Medical and Non-medical Negligent Acts the Lead to the Development of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a brain disorder that may be caused by medical or non-medical negligent or reckless acts. This brain disorder is widespread in babies and children aged eight or below. The known major cause of cerebral palsy is medical error/malpractice. Misdiagnosis, surgical error, delayed diagnosis and anesthesia error are the most common forms of this malpractice.

Obviously, such errors are easily avoidable through proper care of the pregnant mother and her child during and right after her child’s birth. Thus, no doctor or medical personnel under whose care the pregnant mother and her newly born child are can ever make the excuse that the injury inflicted on the child was accidental.

The non-medical causes of cerebral palsy in children usually trigger a severe or prolonged loss of oxygen to the brain, resulting to the development of the disease. A child who is constantly abused, who may have had a near drowning experience, suffered a forceful blow to the head or who may have suffered a head injury due to a car accident are examples of the non-medical causes of cerebral palsy.

Asphyxia, that is, oxygen deprivation during birth which leads to brain damage is another cause of cerebral palsy. During the first six months after birth, though, the infant may suffer from any of the following medical conditions which can lead to the development of cerebral palsy:

  • Intracranial hemorrhage, this is brain hemorrhage suffered the baby; this is usually caused by stroke.
  • Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) are factors that may be the result of a pregnant mother’s abusive acts or subjection to health problems. Use of illegal drugs during pregnancy accounts for the abusive act; suffering from infections and/or extremely low blood pressure are counted under health problem issues.
  • Abnormal development of the brain may be caused by changes in the genes that affect the infant’s brain development, viruses, infections or , disturbance to the head while yet in the mother’s womb.

Cerebral palsy affects a child’s movement, balance, and body posture. This condition causes great concern and inconvenience to child and parent, as well as financial burden to the family for the required costly medical treatment needed by the child. This is one ailment that legally deserves and requires compensation from whoever might have committed the act of negligence or carelessness that resulted to its development.