New Studies in Cerebral Palsy Focus on Maternal Weight
The newest round of cerebral palsy studies will almost certainly be cause for concern. Many risk factors come into play with cerebral palsy, and many instances are due to negligent hospital care before or during the birthing process. Of course your physician will be quick to shine the spotlight on the risk factors that are outside of THEIR control.
Risk Factors for Cerebral Palsy
A recent study found a link between maternal weight and an increased risk of cerebral palsy. The Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the Michigan School of Public Health recently announced findings that link obesity with a 22% increased rate of cerebral palsy. While the credibility of the study and subsequent findings is not called into question, the motivation of careless, negligent physicians may be.
Physicians and medical staff are quick to site non-negligent reasons as the cause for any birth injury. This effectively shifts the blame off of the physician or hospital, and will often leave parents confused and devastated.
A Review of Common Causes of Cerebral Palsy
- Negligent Breech Birth
- Complicated Labor or Delivery
- Incompatible RH Blood Type
- Low Birth Weight
- Traumatic Injury
- Twins / Multiples
Other Widely recognized risk factors:
- Exposure to Toxins
- Syphyllis, Herpes
- Rubella or Chick Pox
- Viruses like Zika, Cytomegalovirus
- Thyroid Problems
What to do if you Suspect Your Newborn has been Injured
Regardless of any pre-existing risk factors, or anything that your medical staff claims, it is important to seek legal help immediately. The hospital and medical facility will not claim fault, and can easily overwhelm any parent in a time of crisis.
If your child has suffered a birth injury, or has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, call my offices immediately. As your Ohio birth injury attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.