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How Does Negligence Cause Cerebral Palsy?

Walner Law®
Walner Law®

April 11, 2022

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We know how dangerous cerebral palsy is and how it impacts several babies. However, what many people don’t recognize is how negligence can cause cerebral palsy. If a medical mistake leads to severe damages, you should be sure to work with an attorney who can explain your rights and help you seek the compensation you deserve.

Failure to Monitor or Intervene

Doctors must monitor the mother and baby throughout pregnancy. They must provide appropriate prenatal care. If a problem arises during delivery, the doctor must intervene to ensure that they deliver the baby before severe and long-term problems arise.

Failure to Diagnose Problems

If a doctor recognizes an infection in the mom or another problem (such as macrosomia or preterm labor), they must act quickly to come up with a plan. If they don’t treat an infection or come up with a delivery plan to keep the baby safe, it can cause long-term problems.

Failure to Properly Use Birth-Aiding Tools

Forceps and vacuum extractors are not as primarily used as they once were. However, it’s still possible for doctors to rely on these tools. However, if doctors don’t use these tools properly, they can cause the baby to suffer damages to their head or otherwise experience cerebral palsy.

Failure to Identify the Need for Emergency Delivery

If problems exist, doctors may opt to perform emergency delivery. However, if the doctor delays in their decision, they might allow the baby to suffer severe harm. Cerebral palsy can occur as the baby loses oxygen for a longer period of time, so it’s vital for doctors to act quickly.

At Walner Law®, our Chicago birth injury attorneys provide you with care, respect, and tenacity. Our goal is to help you and your family through the complex matters that lie ahead. Trust us to safeguard your rights and pursue the most favorable outcome possible on your behalf.

Call our firm today at (312) 313-2888.

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