Birth injuries are often some of the most devastating injuries a family can encounter. Frequently though, families are confused by the cause of an injury and this may cause them to lose a cause of action.
It is currently being reported that eight to ten births in 1000 are resulting in birth injury due to medical malpractice. These injuries can present themselves in a wide variety of fashions, including cerebral palsy, fractured bones, and other symptoms.
Cerebral palsy, itself, is a broad term that can be defined as any number of neurological disorders. These injuries, usually related to brain function, are often undetected for the first years of a child’s life, and only present as it slowly becomes apparent that a child is developing more slowly.
For this reason, it is important for parents of children whom they suspect may be showing signs of cerebral palsy to understand that they may have a viable claim for medical malpractice. Parents should act quickly upon initial symptoms, but should also realize that most state laws will preserve their right to seek compensation for their children’s injuries so long as they act reasonably to discover the injury.