Michigan readers might surmise that this is the question that will need to be answered by an out-of-state court in a medical malpractice claim filed by a woman on behalf of herself and her child. She alleges that her child was born with injuries and severe cerebral palsy due to mistakes made in her care prior to the child's birth. Specifically, she alleges that if she had been hospitalized the first time she went in with concerns of vaginal bleeding, her child may not have suffered the trauma that led to the child's current issues.
Cerebral palsy, as readers may know, is a condition involving abnormal brain development or damage to the brain which impacts a child’s ability to control his or her muscles. The condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is estimated to occur in one out of roughly 323 children.
In our last post, we began discussing a recent study suggesting that, at least in some cases, cerebral palsy may be rooted in a genetic mutation rather than a mishap during the birth process. As we noted, the findings could potentially have an impact on the issue of causation in birth injury litigation.
According to a recent study published in an online journal by the name of Molecular Psychiatry, a small but significant percentage of cases of cerebral palsy may stem from genetic mutations rather than mishaps during birth. The study specifically found that out of 183 cases of cerebral palsy, one in seven individuals had a gene variant which could have caused the condition.
Most readers are probably not aware that today is World Cerebral Palsy Day, an effort which occurs on the first Wednesday of every October. The effort is promoted by a group of non-profit organizations and is observed in nearly 50 countries. According to the literature promoting the campaign, there are currently around 17 million people who live with cerebral palsy.
A family recently settled its lawsuit against a Hawaii military hospital for birth injuries that caused a boy to develop cerebral palsy. The lawsuit listed disturbing details about doctors' actions preceding the emergency c-section birth of Noah Whitney, now 3.
Sept. 12, 2008 was supposed to be a joyous day for the Rivera family. Kasie was a patient at Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas, expecting the healthy birth of her son, Haiden. Tragically, things went wrong and Haiden suffered serious birth injuries.
Cerebral palsy often impacts a child's speech, making words slur or lack enunciation. A speech problem can be just as troubling as a child's movement difficulties, so scientists at a Scotland university are about to begin a three-year study that will closely examine the speech patterns of children with cerebral palsy.
An international coalition of disability advocacy organizations came together to host the "Change My World in 1 minute" contest to benefit those with cerebral palsy (CP). The contest called for people to submit ideas for new products that could benefit CP patients. Nearly 500 ideas were received and thousands of people voted for their favorite.
A New York teen recently won a long legal battle against the hospital responsible for her cerebral palsy condition. The 17-year-old not only convinced the jury that she was the victim of hospital negligence as an infant, but she painted a clear picture of how cerebral palsy has impacted her life. You see the victim, Stephanie, has a twin sister who was born healthy, without disability.