Understanding Cerebral Palsy and Medical Negligence

Cerebral palsy results from brain damage that occurred due to lack of oxygen in the baby’s brain, usually during its development inside the uterus or during delivery. This life-long condition is considered non-degenerative, which means it doesn’t worsen as time goes by. Depending on the severity of the brain damage, a person living with cerebral palsy may experience a myriad of different symptoms, ranging from mild seizures to persistent and severe muscle contraction.

According to the United Cerebral Palsy Association, around 764,000 individuals are suffering from cerebral palsy. This staggeringly large number puts too much strain not only to the country’s healthcare system, but most especially to families whose family member have cerebral palsy. Children with cerebral palsy are oftentimes diagnosed with some level of mental retardation, and are also suffering from vision and other sensory problems, as well as learning difficulties.

Several studies are now underway to pinpoint the root cause of cerebral palsy. Many scientists suggest medical negligence could be a contributing factor for the development of this brain condition. According to the website of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., untrained staff and reckless medical professionals may contribute towards cerebral palsy risk. A medical professional could be at fault for cerebral palsy if:

  • The doctor fails to perform C-section when needed. A baby born to mother with smaller pelvic bone is at risk of oxygen deprivation in the brain. Also, a baby could be at risk of oxygen deprivation if he stays longer in the vaginal canal. Doctors should be prompt in determining when a C-section is needed to prevent cerebral palsy from developing.
  • The doctor used delivery tools wrongly. Assisted normal delivery can cause cerebral palsy if tools have been used in a wrong way. For instance, forceful use of vacuum cap or forceps might block the circulation of blood to the baby’s brain, depriving it of the oxygen it needs to prevent brain damage
  • The doctor fails to assess the baby’s risk of cerebral palsy while in utero. Infections, such as German measles, toxoplasmosis, and herpes may all contribute to cerebral palsy.


Financial Problems from Hospital Bills

They say getting sick is worse than being robbed. At least when one is robbed, only the possessions and funds you already have get taken. When one gets seriously sick, the situation is akin to a bottomless well into which all one’s resources are poured in with no end in sight. The irony of this is both situations – getting sick and being robbed – are not always but most often preventable.

It could be argued that with the right financial planning, getting sick should not be too much of a problem. After all, everybody gets sick at some point, so it would just be prudent to have a contingency for when the time comes, such as health insurance. However, not everyone is so far-seeing, or some people simply cannot afford to pay for a what-if when funds are not enough to even cover the need-now. When one gets sick or is involved in an accident, therefore, it can be tough trying to find a way to make ends meet.

When one is seriously ill or injured, having financial problems from hospital bills is to be expected. But if a bad situation is made even worse because of hospital negligence, the financial burden can just be too much to handle. Hospital negligence is in general the failure to provide reasonable care and ensure the adequate safety of the patient while undergoing treatment. It is a fortunate thing that in the US, this can be an actionable case. It is then possible for the victim of someone’s recklessness, negligence or error to recover damages for the consequences of the wrongful act.

However, it should be noted that filing a case against a hospital for personal injury can be a tricky situation. Hospitals usually retain lawyers for just such contingencies, so it would be smart for a would-be plaintiff to consult with another lawyer who knows how to handle cases involving hospital negligence.