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Cerebral palsy can be due to pregnancy and labor problems

For expectant Boston, Massachusetts, mothers, childbirth is supposed to be a blessed time when their baby daughter or son finally gets to emerge into the world after nine months of preparing to do so. Unfortunately, in some cases, medical malpractice may result in pregnancy-related injuries. Those injuries may severely affect the long-term health of the child. Parents who find themselves in that situation will of course want to secure alternative medical care for their baby. After that, they will also want to secure an attorney to pursue damages that will allow them to pay for that care.

One result of poor work by attending medical personnel during pregnancy can be the baby having cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is often caused by conditions before or after the baby is born. Key among those conditions is a lack of oxygen, referred to as asphyxia, during labor or delivery. That lack of oxygen can cause serious damage to the baby in a short period of time, damage which can manifest as cerebral palsy.

Signs of cerebral palsy include variations in muscle tone. To fathers and mothers observing their baby, these variations look like the baby is too floppy or too stiff. Simply put, if their muscle tone does not look natural, you may have cause for concern. Other signs of cerebral palsy include a lack of coordination, involuntary movements, tremors and delays in motor skills development, among many other signs that parents should be on the lookout for.

If a lack of oxygen for the baby resulted in cerebral palsy and was the result of medical malpractice in the form of the presence of wrong actions or negligence, a basis for a legal case exists. Parents pursuing a legal case against a hospital and a medical team should work closely with their attorney to establish what happened. The case will need to include details about how things should have gone to protect the baby from harm, and details about how things actually went that caused the harm to the baby.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Cerebral palsy," accessed July 19, 2017

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