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What causes a birth injury like cerebral palsy?

While there are many different birth injuries, one of the most common is cerebral palsy. Technically, it is possible for cerebral palsy to develop in a baby before it is born, but it has been found that various mistakes or complications that happen while the baby is being born can also lead to it. The following are some of the top reasons, which are important to know for anyone in Kentucky who believes that their child was injured during birth.

The first reason why it could happen is if the baby does not get enough oxygen. This could be because the doctor who is assisting with the birth does not realize that the child is not getting enough. It sometimes happens during a caesarean section. It can also happen when there is a delay during the birth.

Another issue is head trauma itself, such as trauma that is inflicted while the child is being delivered. When this happens, it can cause there to be bleeding inside the skull or inside the brain itself. This can put pressure on the brain and cause other issues.

Finally, prescription drugs have sometimes been known to cause this condition. If a doctor gives a mother one of these drugs while she is pregnant, taking it could harm the child during its development.

When determining if the injuries warrant a medical malpractice claim, it is important to make sure that the blame lies with the health care center or the doctor who did the delivery. The issues noted above could often come about because of actions that a doctor takes or fails to take, without any of the blame falling on the parents, since things are out of their control.

Source: FindLaw, “Birth Injuries: Cerebral Palsy and Erbs Palsy” Sep. 04, 2014

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