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The Link Between Cerebral Palsy and Medical Negligence at Birth

Palsy is used to describe weakness, paralysis or the struggle of muscle control and coordination, whilst cerebral refers to the brain and its functions. In short, cerebral palsy is a disruption between the brain and the signals it sends in order to coordinate muscle movement with the body.

Types of Cerebral Palsy

Types of Cerebral Palsy include spastic, Dyskinetic and Ataxic. Spastic Cerebral Palsy is one of the most common kinds and is defined by stiffness and tension in the muscles. When a group of muscles is in use, they stiffen and contract whilst the opposing side eases in order to help perform the movement. This occurs as a result of disorderly signals that come from the damaged part of the brain.

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Most causes of Cerebral Palsy can be traced to an incident or multiple incidents that happened before, during or after birth. A mother that has been exposed to German Measles or other viruses, not receiving enough oxygen or blood to the brain during birth or improper care of the baby after birth can all be causes of Cerebral Palsy

Medical Negligence

Recent research has suggested that problems during pregnancy account for approximately seventy-five percent of Cerebral Palsy cases, whilst ten to fifteen percent of cases occur as a result of problems during birth or in the neonatal phase (birth to one month).

Many of these instances are the result of medical negligence such as failure to diagnose an illness in the mother and provide treatment, improper management of foetal stress, failure to diagnose and treat umbilical cord or placenta issues, deprivation of oxygen that could have been prevented etc. (please refer to our previous article)

What Now?

If there have been any complications during the birth of your child, C.T Scans and MRI Scans can detect irregularities and any brain damage that occurred as a result. If you feel that your medical practitioner has failed to take the necessary steps to keep you and your child safe, contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys or visit their website for more information on what can be done.

When suitable levels of carefulness, consideration and good judgment have not been met by medical professionals, injuries, death and the worsening of existing medical conditions can transpire as the direct result of medical negligence. Medical negligence before, during or after childbirth can result in death or lifelong consequences for an infant which include brain-damage, blindness… Continue Reading

What is Medical Malpractice? Medical malpractice is when a healthcare professional is negligent while administering care to a patient, and this results in injury or even death. We put so much faith in those who are sworn to medically treat us that the thought of those people hurting us is often unimaginable. Unfortunately, medical malpractice… Continue Reading

  We may not like to think about the possibility of our children being born with defects, but it can be a harsh truth. What is worse, sometimes these defects are the direct result of medical negligence. Below we discuss some common birth injuries. Cephalohematoma Cephalohematoma is an area of bleeding underneath one of the… Continue Reading

Personal Injury Claims

When you launch a person injury claim, you are going to need to acquire all of the necessary evidence and documentation, as well as consulting with legal experts. You may need to hire a lawyer, it all depends on the size and nature of your claim. Below are some of the necessary processes and documents… Continue Reading

Work-Related Personal Injury Claims

Every day we face the risk of getting hurt, whether we are at our jobs, at home or in the shops. The risk is ever present and sometimes the possibility of injury is our own fault, and other times the fault lies with another party. No matter what occupation we hold, there is the possibility… Continue Reading

The Risk Of Retinopathy Of Prematurity (ROP)

When you fall pregnant you experience a rush of emotions and you begin to make the big necessary changes you need to make in order to have a safe and healthy pregnancy. You go to great doctors, you make the best dietary changes and you start planning the room for your new arrival. It is… Continue Reading

Why Medical Negligence is, and Should Be, a Serious Offense!

Medical negligence is a topic often taken too lightly, and in many cases, goes unreported since the victims of it don’t necessarily feel like they have been treated with any specific malice. The reality is that, many negligence cases lead to a significant lowering of one’s quality of life; whether it be their health, finances,… Continue Reading

Common Examples of Medical Negligence

Medical negligence is a concern for many people all over South Africa, and in all cases where it occurs, the victim has the right to be compensated for their losses or difficulties. Claims don’t always happen however, and this can be attributed to a lack of understanding of what actually constitutes as medical negligence, leaving… Continue Reading

“Our case has been settled out of court in January 2012.  The negligent doctor and hospital paid an amount which enables us to buy a house for our son where we all could live in.  There is also money available to pay for all the extra therapy and care he needs.  Financially, he will be… Continue Reading

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