3 Types of Birth Injuries That Can Cause Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral palsy is a motor disorder that can be caused by the reckless actions of your doctor. At Davis & Davis, our mission is centered on shedding light on these causes, as we believe every child deserves the best start in life. Unfortunately, certain types of injuries during birth, such as oxygen deprivation, physical trauma, or improper handling, can result in cerebral palsy, altering the course of your child’s life.

We understand the significant challenges cerebral palsy presents for the child and their family. With a wealth of experience in handling cerebral palsy cases in Houston, our lawyers are equipped with the knowledge and resources to confront those responsible for the injuries leading to cerebral palsy. We approach each case with deep empathy and commitment, ensuring that our clients receive the comprehensive support and representation they need during this challenging time.

3 Types of Birth Injuries That Can Cause Cerebral Palsy

There are many missteps your trusted doctor or other healthcare professionals can take that may result in a cerebral palsy diagnosis, including the following:

Misreading Ultrasounds

Misreading ultrasounds during pregnancy can have severe repercussions, potentially leading to cerebral palsy. Ultrasounds are a crucial diagnostic tool, providing vital information about the fetus’s health, development, and the pregnancy’s progression. However, when misinterpreted, significant abnormalities or risk factors may go unnoticed, leaving potential issues unaddressed. 

For instance, a misread ultrasound can fail to detect conditions like restricted fetal growth or abnormal positioning, both of which can contribute to complications during delivery. These complications can include oxygen deprivation or physical trauma to the infant, increasing the risk of cerebral palsy.

Mismanagement of Labor

Mismanagement of labor is a critical concern in obstetric care, directly impacting the health and safety of both the mother and child. Inadequate management of labor can lead to a range of complications, including the increased risk of cerebral palsy. This can occur when medical professionals fail to recognize and respond appropriately to signs of fetal distress or prolonged labor. For instance, not taking timely action in cases of difficult labor or improper use of delivery tools can lead to oxygen deprivation or physical trauma for the baby, conditions that are strongly linked to the development of cerebral palsy.

Failure to Perform Timely Delivery

The failure to perform a timely delivery in obstetric care can lead to significant complications, including the heightened risk of cerebral palsy in newborns. This failure often stems from a delay in deciding to proceed with a cesarean section or other interventions when labor is not progressing normally, or when there are clear signs of fetal distress. Delayed delivery can result in prolonged periods of oxygen deprivation for the baby, which is a known cause of brain damage leading to cerebral palsy.

Such a delay can be the result of misjudging the severity of the situation, failing to monitor the baby’s condition effectively, or not adhering to standard medical protocols during labor. In cases where this delay constitutes a breach of the standard of care expected of medical professionals, it may be grounds for a medical malpractice claim.

Fallen Victim to Medical Malpractice? Our Team Can Help Today

If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to birth injuries, you’re likely facing a future filled with medical treatments and necessary accommodations. While we can’t undo the harm caused, at Davis & Davis, we are committed to helping ease your financial burdens. Our focus is on securing the compensation you need to provide the best care for your child.

You’re not alone in this challenging time. Davis & Davis is here to guide you through every step, ensuring you have the support and knowledge needed to navigate this difficult journey. We welcome referrals from attorneys across Texas and law firms nationwide. Reach out to us at (888) 522-9444 or fill out our contact form for a consultation. Our aim is to bring you peace of mind, knowing your case is in the hands of a dedicated and compassionate team. Let us join you in the fight for justice and a better future for your family.