Cerebral palsy and many other lifelong conditions can be caused by improper labor or pre-natal care that deprives a baby of the oxygen it needs. Our team of Medical malpractice lawyersmust unfortunately deal with these types of cases more frequent than we want.
These conditions can be caused by placental cerebral infarction, a condition that restricts blood flow to the developing fetus. This condition is very harmful to a child developing in the womb, and even to a newborn baby. That’s because blood carries oxygen to the brain, and restricted blood flow can cause a child’s brain to be underdeveloped at crucial stages.
Cerebral infarction can occur during pregnancy, as well as during labor. Conditions such as maternal diabetes and cardiac disease may cause this problem during pregnancy. An amniocentesis is also sometimes believed to put a child at risk during pregnancy.
During labor, a doctor’s mistake or lack of care when performing a c-section or inattention to a mother’s low blood pressure can cause this condition. The condition can also occur when the late stages of labor last abnormally long.
What kind of effects can this lack of blood have on a child? Depending on which part of the brain didn’t get enough oxygenated blood, a child may have problems with language skills, or difficulty expressing emotions. In the case of cerebral palsy, the child will have a difficult time controlling his or her own body for the rest of their lives.
Any Maryland resident whose children have been affected by placental cerebral infarction should consult Snyder and Snyder's experienced medical malpractice lawyers to find out just what their rights are in this case. Contact us today for a free consultation.