Parents hope their children grow up healthy, happy and able to find their place in the world. But this simple wish can become more complicated should a child suffer a life-altering birth injury. If an infant's brain does not receive enough oxygen during the pregnancy or birth, then that infant could ultimately suffer from cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy can adversely affect a child's development. This could limit the child's opportunities as he or she grows into adulthood. Moreover, raising a child with this condition can be emotionally and financially challenging for parents.
March is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. This means the month is dedicated to educating people about the causes of cerebral palsy as well as enlightening them on the experiences of those who are in some way touched by the condition. There is also an emphasis on spreading the word about the efforts being made to find a cure.
But cerebral palsy can be caused by errors committed by a doctor or a medical staff member during a delivery. It is very important those overseeing the delivery make sure the infant is getting enough oxygen to his or her brain. If it is discovered that this is not the case, immediate steps must be made to correct the situation. If corrective measures are not taken in time, the child may be irreparably harmed.
Determining the cause of a birth injury can be complicated. But if your child suffers from cerebral palsy that may be attributable to a doctor's error, you may wish to have an Arizona birth injury attorney investigate the matter for you. The attorney could examine all relevant medical records and help you decide what legal action may be appropriate.