Brain injury or abnormal brain development before birth, during birth, or immediately after causes cerebral palsy, affecting over 8,000 babies each year. There are an estimated 500,000 children and adults living with cerebral palsy symptoms in the United States. Currently, there is no cure for this neurological disorder.
Medical professionals commonly attribute cerebral palsy to babies experiencing oxygen deprivation during childbirth, leading to brain injury. This can cause a lifetime of muscle coordination problems and hinder body movement in those affected.
Delivery mistakes and medical malpractice can cause conditions such as cerebral palsy because the staff or doctor didn’t provide the correct course of treatment. If medical malpractice did occur it would take an investigation into the entire medical staff that was present that day. Common forms of medical malpractice linked to cerebral palsy are as follows:
– Failure to properly treat/detect infections in the mother
– Fail to properly monitor fetal heart rate throughout birth
– Failure to schedule a cesarean section for a baby that is too large for a natural birth
– Negligence and unreasonable mistakes in using instruments while performing a delivery
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IN MARYLAND
Many states have specific guidelines on how long you can file a claim after an incident has occurred. In Maryland, you must file malpractice cases within five years of the injury’s occurrence or within three years of discovering the injury. These cases can take months or even years to settle the outcome.