Hoosiers who are expecting the birth of a child can find themselves excited and anxious at the same time. While some of these nerves are tied to life changes following the addition of a new member to the family, other times they are related to concerns about medical treatment. After all, the type of medical care received during labor can have a profound impact on the health and well-being of both mother and child.

Sadly, some children are born with cerebral palsy. This medical condition causes impaired movement, abnormal reflexes, rigidity or floppiness in the limbs, sudden and involuntary movements, and/or difficulty walking or maintaining posture in a child due to brain damage. Cerebral palsy sufferers can experience poor muscle coordination, including in critical functions such as swallowing, as well as speech difficulties and seizures.

There are many causes of cerebral palsy, but one way it can arise is when a child is deprived of oxygen during child birth. A child can also develop this condition due to infections while in a mother’s womb. Sadly, oftentimes these developments are the result of improper or inadequate medical care. Doctors may fail to run appropriate tests to detect infections, and inadequate monitoring and birthing practices may lead to oxygen deprivation.

The tragic reality is that cerebral palsy sufferers and their families face a multitude of challenges. The emotional harm caused by medical malpractice inflicted on a child is more than enough, but victims and their families also have to come to confront the very real financial ramifications a birth injury can have. This can include extensive medical expenses and rehabilitation costs. In order to obtain accountability and perhaps recover compensation for these damages, parents of those children affected by medical malpractice may want to consider legal action.