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One of the most devastating birth injuries that can occur is when the brain suffers damage before or during a birth. The injury may be the result of a delayed, improper or inappropriate response to a complicated delivery that results in fetal distress. This happens when the baby cannot receive sufficient oxygen to the brain.
In order to minimize fetal distress, the hospital should use fetal monitors to track the baby’s heart rate and other vital signs to monitor the baby’s well-being. Birth injuries like cerebral palsy can occur when the doctor fails to recognize or properly respond to distress.
If these birth injuries are the result of negligence or failure to properly respond to a medical situation, the medical staff, doctor and hospital should be held responsible.
Four Types of Cerebral Palsy
1) Spastic cerebral palsy – it affects up to 80 percent of patients, making it the most common of all types. There is a continued involuntary reflex of the muscles that increases in occurrence as time passes by.
2) Athetoid cerebral palsy – it affects around 10 to 20 percent of patients. There is no control in muscle movements although much slower than those with spastic cerebral palsy.
3) Ataxic cerebral palsy – it affects 5 to 10 percent of patients. Ataxia means incoordination or without order.
4) Mixed cerebral palsy – it is the most common type of cerebral palsy characterized by the involuntary muscle reflexes of athetoid cerebral palsy and the muscle tone constriction of spastic cerebral palsy.
People with cerebral palsy must endure extremely difficult medical, social, and educational development. Their family also endures physical, emotional, psychological and financial challenges.
If your child has cerebral palsy, you can find out if you qualify for compensation. Seek the help of a leading Ohio medical malpractice attorney Jami S. Oliver for your legal options.
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