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Common causes of cerebral palsy


Birth injuries often get less attention than other types of medical errors due to inherent risks associated with the delivery process. Before the delivery, the mother is informed of complications that can put both her life and her child's life in danger. Health care professionals such as anesthesiologists, obstetricians, and nurses are present during delivery to ensure the safety of the baby. The medical professionals are expected to make critical decisions to prevent birth injuries, which can leave the baby with permanent damage.

Cerebral palsy is one of the most common types of birth injury. This injury occurs if a child is deprived of oxygen during delivery, resulting in damage to brain cells. Cerebral palsy can be a result of vaginal delivery after prior caesarean section or vaginal delivery after prior Caesarean section. Generally, mothers who had a C-section the first time undergo a C-section with subsequent deliveries. If the medical professional attempts a normal delivery after the mother has had a prior C-section, it can result in a ruptured uterus. VBAC is only applicable if the anesthesiologist, obstetrician and surgery crews are present to take the baby out once there is a sign of the uterus rupturing. Failure to do so can result in a brain injury.

Doctors who attempt VBAC without sufficient manpower can be held liable if the baby sustains cerebral palsy. A doctor's negligence is compensable under a medical malpractice lawsuit. The parents can file the claim and seek damages for the injuries sustained by the baby.

Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit may require legal guidance and support. Parents who are facing similar issues may wish to consider seeking legal advice to ensure that they will be filing the appropriate claim and seeking the appropriate damages.

Source: Birthinjury.org, "Labor & delivery causes," Accessed on Jan. 28, 2015

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