It is important to note that not all cases of Cerebral Palsy are due to medical malpractice. However, medical professionals have a responsibility to identify babies that are at a higher risk of developing cerebral palsy and carefully monitor these pregnancies and deliveries. In some cases, Cerebral Palsy is unavoidable due to congenital malformation of the brain. This can happen as a result of infections, the age of the mother (-20, 40+), premature delivery, or another factor that interferes with brain development.
Medical negligence can occur when these risks are not properly monitored. For example, mature mothers should be offered antenatal checks on a more frequent basis to ensure normal development of the baby.
In instances where cerebral palsy is a result of medical negligence, there are a number of actions that can lead to this devastating consequence for parents. These include: