Medical malpractice can lead to cerebral palsy in infants, most commonly during child delivery or as a result of complications resulting from birth. If fetal distress or other medical conditions aren’t properly detected, brain damage can occur during the birthing process. Our team at Shoup, Evers and Green are here to help address your concerns regarding medical malpractice during pregnancy or delivery. We’re experienced in working with a wide range of birth injury cases, helping you get the justice you deserve.
Some of the most common forms of medical malpractice that lead to infant brain damage and cerebral palsy are:
- Before delivery, failing to recognize transfusion problems with the placenta or umbilical cord, such as with placenta previa or a prolapsed cord
- During labor, failing to recognize the baby is showing signs of trouble during labor, often in the form of a slowing heart rate (i.e., fetal bradycardia, decelerations or the absence of fetal heart rate variability)
- Failing to recognize that the baby is in trouble during labor and not delivering the baby in time to prevent brain damage
- During delivery, leaving the baby in the birth canal when the baby is stuck because of shoulder dystocia or an unusual birth position
- Improper use of forceps or the vacuum extractor during delivery